The Hague Rejects Genocide Charges Against Bashir

Prosecutors for the International Criminal Court is appealing this decision...


From Al Jazeera:

"Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have appealed against a decision by the body's tribunal not to charge Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's president, with conducting genocide.

The court in The Hague charged Bashir with war crimes and crimes against humanity in March for allegedly orchestrating a campaign of murder and torture in the country's western Darfur region.

But it said there was insufficient evidence to prove he was also guilty of waging genocide there.

Prosecutors said on Tuesday the judges who rejected the charges were wrong in applying "an evidentiary burden that is inappropriate for this procedural stage".

They said the tribunal only needed to prove that there are "reasonable grounds to believe" al-Bashir was responsible for genocide."

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The African Union for their part is closing ranks and no longer cooperating with the ICC. Perhaps they wish to deal with Bashir themselves, but that does not, at this time, appear to be the case as they will not arrest or extradite him.

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