[JURIST] Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Wednesday asked [decision, PDF; press release] the office of Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] for additional materials supporting its request for arrest warrants for rebel leaders [JURIST report] in Sudans Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. Pre-Trial Chamber I has given Moreno-Ocampo's office until January 26 to produce supplemental information in its application for warrants for rebel leaders in connection with a September 2007 attack [BBC report] on African Union (AU) [official website] peacekeepers based in Haskanita that killed 10.
The judges' request comes as the international community awaits a decision [JURIST report] on whether the ICC will grant Moreno-Ocampo an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Moreno-Ocampo hopes to charge Bashir with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes [JURIST report], and applied for a warrant in July. The Chief Prosecutor's office had been investigating Bashir since 2005, when the UN Security Council [official website] gave the ICC jurisdiction over the Darfur region [JURIST report] through Resolution 1593 [text].