February 12, 2009 / 12:46 PM / in 10 years

ICC says judges not yet decided on Sudan's Bashir

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have not yet decided whether to indict Sudan’s president for war crimes in Darfur and issue an arrest warrant, the court said in a statement on Thursday.

U.N diplomats and officials told Reuters on Wednesday that the court’s judges had already decided to indict Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and issue the warrant.

“The judges are considering their decision and when we have something to announce we will announce it in the usual way,” ICC spokeswoman Laurence Blairon said.

The decision of the judges at the court, based in The Hague, is expected to be made public this month.

Last year, chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo asked the judges to indict Bashir for orchestrating what he described as genocide in Sudan’s western Darfur region. Sudan rejects the accusations and says Bashir would never be handed over.

Reporting by Catherine Hornby; Editing by Matthew Tostevin

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