4 March 2009
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir over his alleged role in crimes against humanity and war crimes in the western region of Darfur.
Al-Bashir, the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the court, faces five counts of crimes against humanity, including responsibility for murder, rape and torture, and two counts of war crimes, court spokeswoman Laurence Blairon told a news conference at The Hague.
“The judges decided today that al-Bashir shall be arrested to stand trial for crimes committed against millions of civilians in Darfur,” ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters. “His victims are the very civilians that he, as president, was supposed to protect.”