The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has, for the first time, presented charges against an acting head-of-state. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo accuses Sudanese President Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur, the ICC says in a press release.
Three years after the Security Council requested him to investigate in Darfur, and based on the evidence collected, the Prosecutor has concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir bears criminal responsibility in relation to 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
“Al Bashir is the President. He is the Commander in Chief. Those are not just formal words. He used the whole state apparatus, he used the army, he enrolled the Militia/Janjaweed. They all report to him, they all obey him. His control is absolute.” added Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo.