ICC issues arrest warrant for Sudanese president
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Wednesday for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. According to Reuters, the court said it did not find sufficient grounds to include the count of genocide in Bashir's arrest warrant, but indicted the Susanese leader on seven counts for war crimes, crimes against humanity, murder, forcible displacement and other crimes.
Sudan dismissed the ICC decision, with a presidential adviser telling state television that it was part of a "neo-colonialism" scheme. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in central Khartoum to protest against the arrest warrant.
Bashir has dismissed the allegations made by the ICC as part of a Western conspiracy. "They can eat it (the warrant)," he told a crowd of cheering supporters in northern Sudan on Tuesday.