Court Rules on Darfur Genocide Charges

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Appeals judges at the
International Criminal Court are ruling on whether Sudanese
President Omar al-Bashir should be charged with waging genocide in Darfur.

The court charged al-Bashir with seven counts of war crimes and
crimes against humanity in March 2009 for allegedly rchestrating a campaign of murder, torture, rape and forced expulsions in Darfur province. But judges said there was insufficient evidence to merit charging him with three genocide counts.

Prosecutors have appealed that decision, saying they presented
enough evidence to merit issuing an indictment and arrest warrant.
Judges are delivering their ruling on the appeal later Wednesday.

Al-Bashir refuses to recognize the court's jurisdiction.


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