Attack dog

The ICC prosecutor charges the Sudanese president with genocide.

The fearless prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has filed genocide charges against the President of Sudan, Omar Al Bashir.

The Court’s pre-trial chamber must now decide whether to issue an arrest warrant or try to negotiate Bashir’s appearance. Assuming any such negotiations will fail and an arrest warrant is issued in the autumn, the ICC states will then have to decide what to do about it. A snatch from Khartoum by the French Foreign Legion would be nice but is I fear unlikely. So the question becomes how this will play out in the peacemaking diplomacy.

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