AU HALTS COOPERATION WITH ICC OVER BASHIR


The African Union says it will halt co-operation with the International Criminal Court over its decision to charge Sudan’s leader with war crimes. _46010057_000700480-1

President Omar al-Bashir was indicted over alleged atrocities in the Darfur region in March.

But delegates to an AU meeting in Libya agreed a resolution saying they would not co-operate in his arrest.

Analysts say the move means the Sudanese leader can travel across the continent without fear of arrest.

The Sudanese government has been fighting rebels in Darfur since 2003.

The ICC has accused President Bashir of two counts of war crimes – intentionally directing attacks on civilians and pillage – as well as five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and torture, related to the conflict.

He denies the allegations, saying the state has a responsibility to fight rebels.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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