Thursday, February 04, 2010

In the News: Potential Genocide Charges for Bashir

Following an appeal by the prosecution, on February 3, 2010 the Appeals Chamber reversed the Pre-Trial Chamber decision not to include the charge of genocide for Sudan's President Bashir because it determined that the Pre-Trial Chamber applied the wrong standard of proof. The Pre-Trial Chamber will determine whether to amend the arrest warrant to include genocide.

In March of 2009 the ICC issued an arrest warrant for President Bashir on seven charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, extermination and rape. It was the first time that the ICC has issued a warrant for a sitting head of state.

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