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ICC prosecutor says decision on Bashir warrant unlikely in October

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September 12, 2008 (WASHINGTON) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo downplayed speculations that judges will reach a decision on an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo speaks during a meeting with Colombian judiciary on August 27, 2008 (AFP)

Ocampo announced in mid-July that he requested an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir.

Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder and accused Al-Bashir of masterminding a campaign to get rid of the African tribes in Darfur; Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

Based on the timeframe that ICC judges took in other cases it was widely expected that a decision would be forthcoming within 3 months of the prosecutor’s application.

However Ocampo told Reuters in an interview today that he does not see this coming.

“Normally, when the judges start to analyze [a case] they call us for hearings and they ask for more information. They have not yet done that” he said.

“I don’t know how long it will take, the judges will decide, but I don’t think October would be possible” he said.

The ICC Judges has been in a month long recess from July 18 to August 18.

This week the US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad told the Egyptian Middle-East news agency (MENA) that he expects the ICC judges to make a ruling on Ocampo’s application by mid-October.

Khalilzad sparked an angry response from Khartoum who said it proved the link between the ICC move and Washington.

The ICC prosecutor also told Reuters that his office is looking into a raid by Sudanese by soldiers and security officers on Kalma IDP camp in South Darfur that took place in late August killing at least 30 people and injuring many more.

Ocampo said he asked the Sudan and the Arab League for an update on investigations launched into the incident by local authorities. He said that his office is trying to determine whether it was an isolated incident or the start of a new wave of violence against civilians.

“The Kalma camp attack had to be highlighted because it’s a case in which allegations are that al-Bashir forces killed civilians directly in the camp” Ocampo told Associated Press in a separate interview today.

He revealed that his investigation into rebel attack on peacekeepers is almost complete and challenged the Darfur rebels to cooperate.

“It will be a challenge for the rebel forces to comply” the prosecutor said.

“Some of them say ‘we are ready to go to court if the court calls us’. OK the time will come, very soon." he added.

Sudan has said it will not accept any of citizens standing before the ICC even the rebel groups.

Sudan has not ratified the Rome Statute, but the UNSC triggered the provisions under the Statute that enables it to refer situations in non-State parties to the world court if it deems that it is a threat to international peace and security.

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  • 15 September 2008 18:10, by sunday mabor

    Please dear sir Mr. Luis ocampo, do give up for mr. bashir indictment because bashir is a wild wolf among the sheep in the dersert of Africa.
    you the only man knowing the suppering all humasnity on the world for the accords of their politcal wills.
    thanks
    by Sunday mabor akorom- a student of sciences section in Rumbek secondary school of southern sudan

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    • 16 September 2008 10:10, by Dinka Bush

      Dear readers, the move over Al Bashir indictment maybe a wave of change towwards African problems and indeed to the rest of the world. Al Bashir must go for live jail so that the entire world respect justice and if it is lifted, another disaster after September 11 attach will be witnessed. This attack will not be launched by Al Bashir alone or Osama Bin Ladin but by all the muslim world where Al Bashir might be their man.

      Arrest Al Bashir and the root cause of suffering in Darfur shall be abolished.

      View online : ICC prosecutor says decision on Bashir warrant unlikely in October

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    • 16 September 2008 10:11, by Dinka Bush

      Dear readers, the move over Al Bashir indictment maybe a wave of change towwards African problems and indeed to the rest of the world. Al Bashir must go for live jail so that the entire world respect justice and if it is lifted, another disaster after September 11 attack will be witnessed. This attack will not be launched by Al Bashir alone or Osama Bin Ladin but by all the muslim world where Al Bashir might be their man.

      Arrest Al Bashir and the root cause of suffering in Darfur shall be abolished.

      View online : ICC prosecutor says decision on Bashir warrant unlikely in October

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  • 16 September 2008 12:25, by kuur Deng

    Unless if the decaying tooth is remove then the mouth cotinue chewing freely.Iam so sorry to read out what is being said by the ICC proescutor because the source Darfur problem was from aware but Beshire and his government are the big cause of rape and marder in the region and Sudan as a whole.My appeal is to put Beshir on trial if Icc whom to blame for the life innocent people being killed.

    View online : This id not true Beshire must face the consequent

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