The pending charges by the international court have put the UN on edge, as it fears reprecussions against its peacekeepers in Darfur.
The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court announced his intent to ask for an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, which the United Nations worries may prompt a violent response by the Sudanese government against peacekeepers stationed there.
The Washington Post reports that ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will put forth his case against Mr. Bashir on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity on Monday. The Post writes that Mr. Moreno-Ocampo's action would be "first time that the tribunal in The Hague charges a sitting head of state with such crimes, and represents a major step by the court to implicate the highest levels of the Sudanese government for the atrocities in Darfur."
The Post notes that Moreno-Ocampo has sought arrest warrants for 11 people while serving as a prosecutor for the ICC, and the ICC's pretrial court has yet to refuse one of his requests.
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