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Call for U.N. Sanctions on Sudan

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The ICC's chief prosecutor seeks action in Sudan. Luis Moreno-Ocampo is calling on the U.N. Security Council to help with the arrests of the men accused of genocide in Darfur.

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor appeals to the United Nations Security Council for help arresting the men it says are responsible for war crimes in Darfur.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo spoke before the Security Council on Thursday.

[Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court]:
"A few days ago, the office requested an additional warrant of arrest for then-Minister of Interior Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, currently Minister of Defense. We are charging him with the same crimes that in the case of the prosecution of Harun and Bashir, thus expanding the number of the first case."

The Hague-based ICC, the world's top war crimes court, has already issued arrest warrants for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs Ahmad Harun on charges of orchestrating genocide in Sudan's Darfur region.

[Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court]:
"The evidence shows that directly and through Mr. Harun, Mr. Hussein played a central role in coordinating the crimes, including recruiting, mobilizing, funding, arming, training and deploying the militias and janjaweed as part of the government of Sudan forces with the knowledge that these forces would commit crimes."

And Sudan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, disputed Moreno-Ocampo's report.

[Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Sudan's Ambassador to the U.N.]:
"With regard to the invalid accusations in the report submitted today, this is a report which totally contradicts reality in Darfur."

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