02/02/2010 - 6:28pm
Update on the ICC’s Arrest Warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
Posted by Veronica Glick
Tomorrow (Wednesday February 3rd) the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will determine whether the standard of proof used by Pre-Trial Chamber I to examine the Prosecutor’s evidence on genocide was correct in the case of Sudan’s President, Omar al Bashir.
On March 31st, 2005, the United Nations Security Council referred the situation in Darfur to the Prosecutor of the ICC. On July 14th, 2008, the prosecution filed an application for an arrest warrant for Bashir. The prosecution, based on the evidence collected, alleged that three types of crimes had been committed: genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
On July 6th, 2009, the Prosecutor appealed the decision, submitting that, according to article 58 of the Rome Statute, judges are only required to affirm that there is “reasonable evidence” that an individual committed a certain crime for the issuance of an arrest warrant.
Check back on this blog tomorrow for a summary of the decision.
Throughout the proceedings Sudan has refuses to cooperate with the ICC and has stated that it will not hand Bashir over to the Court.
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