Prosecutor charges Sudan president with genocide

Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor has filed genocide charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

The charges filed Monday include masterminding attempts to wipe out African tribes in Darfur with a campaign of murder, rape and deportation.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is asking a three-judge panel to issue an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir to prevent the deaths of those still under attack in Darfur from government-backed janjaweed militia. He says the genocide is continuing and must be stopped.

Moreno-Ocampo is undeterred by concern that his indictment might make conditions worse for the refugees and close Sudan’s doors to relief agencies and peacekeeping troops.

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