ICC prosecutor pushes for arrest of Sudan's Bashir

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Luis Moreno-Ocampo

The lead prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) is urging the Security Council to implement the arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

In 2009, an arrest warrant was issued after Mr. al-Bashir was indicted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Council members at a briefing on Tuesday that they need to figure out a way to arrest President al-Bashir.

"The execution of the arrest warrants on the Sudanese territory is the primary responsibility of the Government of the Sudan and UNAMID should not be authorized to carry out or assist to secure arrests. Instead, the Council can in due course evaluate other possibilities including asking UN Member States or regional organizations to execute arrest operations in furtherance of the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court."

Mr. Moreno-Ocampo says arrest efforts should also include others in Sudan indicted or war crimes.

Sudan's Ambassador to the UN denied the accusations and reminded the Council that his country is not a member to the ICC's Rome statute and therefore is under no obligation to honor the arrest warrant.

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