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Appeal on Bashir genocide charges

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on 3 March 2009
Omar al-Bashir says the charges reflect Western hostility towards Sudan

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have appealed against the judges' decision not to indict Sudan's president for genocide.

The judges in March said there was insufficient evidence to support the three charges of genocide in Darfur.

However they issued an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The ICC chief prosecutor is in Ethiopia for talks with the African Union, which says Mr Bashir should not be charged.

At the AU summit last week, African leaders said their request to the UN Security Council to delay Mr Bashir's indictment had been ignored, so they would not help arrest Sudan's leader.

ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who is pushing for the genocide charges, is on the first leg of a trip to Africa that will also take him to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

War crimes:
Intentionally directing attacks against civilians
Crimes against humanity:
Forcible transfer

In his appeal lodged on Monday, it said the prosecution had "submitted detailed evidence on the mobilisation and use of the entire Sudanese state apparatus for the purpose of destroying a substantial part of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups in the entire region of Darfur during more than six years".

Mr Bashir has denied all the prosecution's allegations, saying the state has a responsibility to fight rebels who took up arms in Darfur in 2003.

The UN says 300,000 people have died and more than two million fled their homes in that time.

The war crimes court, based in The Hague, has already issued two arrest warrants - in 2007 - for Sudanese Humanitarian Affairs Minister Ahmed Haroun and the Janjaweed militia leader Ali Abdul Rahman.

Sudan has refused to hand them over.

Mr Moreno-Ocampo has also requested warrants for three Darfur rebel commanders.

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