Following reports that prosecutors of the International Criminal Court may seek the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan called for an extraordinary Arab League meeting. Meanwhile, the African Union issued a warning to the ICC.
The issue could also pit the demands of the U.N.-backed ICC against U.N. interests in deploying a peace force in
An Arab League spokesman said
"Amr Moussa is in
Sudanese officials said they were also seeking broader international support to stymie any arrest warrant.
"Contacts are already established with
ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is due to submit to judges "evidence on crimes committed in the whole of
It gave no details. The Washington Post quoted U.N. officials and diplomats as saying the prosecutor would charge Bashir with genocide and crimes against humanity on Monday.
Moreno-Ocampo said last month that
"This is a new world age -- it will send a message that anyone who commits crimes and genocide will be judged," said Abdel Wahed Mohamed el-Nur, founder of the
Nur and two other rebel leaders told Reuters that if Moreno-Ocampo indicted any of their own commanders, they would comply and send them to the ICC in
Moreno-Ocampo has said he was investigating a 2007 attack on an African Union base in Haskanita in
ICC judges issued arrest warrants for two Sudanese suspects last year -- government minister Ahmed Haroun and militia commander Ali Kushayb.
International experts say at least 200,000 people have died in
Date created : 2008-07-12