World Court Issues Warrant for Sudan President

Bashir may be tried for genocide, war crimes
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 5:40 PM CST
Judges sit in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president, a move that Arab and African nations warn could sink peace negotiations in Darfur. Omar al-Bashir is the first state leader that the 7-year-old court has tried to arrest, the New York Times reports. Prosecutors hope to try Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide for his military's actions in Darfur, where more than 300,000 people have died.