ICC court to decide on Bashir genocide charges

The International Criminal Court gue said it would decide on Feb. 3 on whether Sudanese President al-Bashir should be charged with genocide.

ICC court to decide on Bashir genocide charges

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague said on Thursday it would decide on Feb. 3 on whether Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir should be charged with genocide.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir in March 2009 for war crimes in Darfur, but held back on issuing an arrest warrant on charges of genocide.

Since the arrest warrant was issued last year, Bashir has received full backing from his party, which dominates the central government. He has travelled to countries that support him, in defiance of The Hague-based court.

Bashir signed a north-south peace deal in 2005 ending another decades-long civil war fought over ideology, ethnicity, religion and oil which killed 2 million people. That deal enshrined democratic transformation and set the stage for the April vote.

Mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms in Darfur in early 2003, accusing the central government of neglect.

The United Nations says some 300,000 people have died in Darfur, with more than 2 million driven from their homes in violence Washington describes as genocide. Khartoum rejects that description and puts the death toll at 10,000.
 

Reuters

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