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Sudanese president charged with genocide

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with three counts of genocide in Darfur, a move that will pile further diplomatic pressure on his isolated regime.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, seen at during a national rally in Khartoum in May, has been charged with three counts of genocide. ((Mohamed Nureldin/Reuters))

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with three counts of genocide in Darfur, a move that will pile further diplomatic pressure on his isolated regime.

Four months ago an appeals panel at the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal ruled that judges made an "error in law" when they refused last year to indict Al-Bashir on international law's gravest charge.

Prosecutors then filed their case again and on Monday judges issued an arrest warrant charging Al-Bashir with three counts of genocide.

Court prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo accuses al-Bashir of keeping 2.5 million refugees from specific ethnic groups in Darfur in camps "under genocide conditions, like a gigantic Auschwitz."