ICC prosecutor seeks arrest warrant for Sudan's al-Bashir
Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International court in The Hague Monday requested the International Criminal Court located in The Hague to issue a warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, president of Sudan, reported dpa.
In a statement, Moreno-Ocampo said he had presented the court with evidence showing that al-Bashir committed the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.
"The prosecutor has concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir bears criminal responsibility in relation to 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes," the statement said.
"...Al Bashir masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups, on account of their ethnicity. His motives were largely political. His alibi was a 'counterinsurgency.' His intent was genocide," the prosecutor said.
He also said al-Bashir "obstructs international assistance" and is responsible for killing and torturing the civilian population of Darfur.
Moreno-Ocampo further stated that he had evidence that al-Bashir "mobilised the entire state apparatus to subject the 2,450,000 people living in camps to conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction."