The International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to issue an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan on March 4th, marking the first time the ICC has taken such action against a current state leader. While a panel of judges agreed to the issuance of an arrest warrant in January, the date was only recently announced so there would be enough time to alert diplomats, United Nations (UN) peacekeepers, and humanitarian workers in the Sudan region who may be attacked.
Luis, Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, requested an arrest warrant for President Bashir in July 2008, claiming “sufficient evidence to charge him with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”. President Bashir has denied these charges.
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