ICC judges seek more information on arrest warrant requests for Sudan rebels

[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 Sudan’s 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].



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.