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Sudan: International Criminal Court to Decide on Charging Sudanese President with Genocide

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, has reversed a decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber I not to issue an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir for the charge of genocide.

The standard of proof applied for the arrest warrant had been set too high, Judge Kourula ruled, and the Appeals Chamber has directed the Pre-Trial Chamber to decide anew whether or not the arrest warrant should be extended to cover the charge of genocide.

Three cases are currently being heard at the ICC in relation to Darfur: The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Muhammad Harun (“Ahmad Harun”) and Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”); The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir; and The Prosecutor v. Bahar Idriss Abu Garda.

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