13 Jul 2010

2nd arrest warrant issued for Bashir by ICC

6:10 am on 13 July 2010

The International Criminal Court has issued a second arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al Bashir of Sudan for the crime of genocide.

He already faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which he denies.

The BBC reports the ICC first indicted him in March 2009 but he has not been arrested.

He is accused over the conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur, where some 300,000 people are said to have died in seven years of fighting.

Pro-government Arab militias are accused of ethnic cleansing. Mr Bashir has denied that his government armed the militias, known as the Janjaweed.

Some 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes.