International Criminal Court in The Hague issues arrest warrant for leader of Sudan
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The The Hague, has ordered the arrest of the president of the African country of Sudan, . The warrant was issued by the ICC for seven charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes, in the Darfur region of the country.(ICC) in
In the ruling, the ICC said that al-Bashir was "intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians and pillaging their property". The ruling added that there was not enough evidence to charge him with. A few hours after its ruling, the Sudan revoked six foreign aid agency licenses, but did not state why.
The ICC has never before issued an arrest warrant for a head-of-state while they were still in power. In the nearly six-years that the Darfur region has been engaged in battle, over 300,000 people have been killed, or died as a result of the fighting. Countless millions have fled the country, seeking shelter in refugee camps.
During a rally protesting the decision on Wednesday, Al-Bashir spoke, calling the charges worthless and told the ICC to "eat" the warrant. "[It is] not worth the ink it is written on. It is a flawed decision". Egypt says it is also not in favor of the warrant and the government states it will ask the to stop the implementation of it.