|ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno- Ocampo|
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has requested an arrest warrant for Sudan's defence minister, Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between 2003 and 2004; the Hague based ICC has previously inidcted Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir for the same crimes, but also for the crime of genocide.
The warrant was issued on Friday, in a statement released by Moreno-Ocampo's office which claimed that Mr. Hussein, who was Sudan's Interior Minister and government representative in Sudan at the time of the alleged crimes, is among those who bear "the greatest criminal responsibility" for the atrocities committed in Darfur.
When questioned on the timing of the request, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo stated he wished to refocus attention on Sudan's policy and actions. ICC judges will now examine the request and decide if an arrest warrant shall be issued. It would be the fourth such arrest warrant issued for a Sudanese official in relation to Darfur.
|Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein|
Academics have already begun to debate why the crime of genocide is not also being leveled at Mr. Hussein, as it was at President Bashir. Genocide scholar Professor William Schabas looks more closely at this issue on his blog http://humanrightsdoctorate.blogspot.com/