Thursday, December 4, 2008
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Says UN Security Council Must Be Prepared to Enforce an Arrest Warrant for the President of Sudan
If the judges of the International Criminal Court issue an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir, the President of Sudan, would the U.N. Security Council enforce it? The prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, requested the arrest warrant in July. He said in a briefing this week that the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to act if the judges decide to issue an arrest warrant. The ICC has already issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Muhammad Harun (former Minister of State for the Interior and currently Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs), and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo has also requested arrest warrants for three rebel commanders for their role in attacks against peacekeepers in Darfur.