Darfur: ICC prosecutor to meet UN, AU officials

New York- US (PANA) -- The prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal C ourt (ICC), Mr Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is in New York to meet with senior internatio n al actors on Sudan's war-town Darfur region, ICC spokesperson Florence Olara tol d PANA Monday.
"Our chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, will be discussing with UN and Africa n Union officials on the sidelines of the General Assembly on the need to protec t the civilians in Darfur, stop the crimes in Darfur and ensure the execution of t he court's judicial mandate and decisions,'' Olara said.
She also said: "the prosecutor will further present to the officials details of his findings on Darfur and crimes committed by some members of the Sudanese lead e rship.
" According to her: "we received a judicial mandate and we fulfilled it and the ev idence showed that crimes against Darfurians was continuing today''.
The spokeperson said  "Al-Bashir has complete control of his forces, and they ar e raping women today, they are promoting conditions in the camps to destroy enti r e communities and they are still bombing schools''.
She described the situation in Darfur as "an immense challenge for the political leaders of the world'', noting that, "they (leaders) have to protect the victim s and ensure respect for the court decisions.
"Those sought by the court have to face justice.
Between criminals and 2.
5 milli ons victims, they should make the right decision,'' she added.
It is recalled that in July 2008, Moreno-Ocampo issued an arrest warrant against the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for allegedly committing war crimes, crim e s against humanity and genocide in Darfur.
The ICC is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes pers ons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide , crimes against humanity and war crimes if national authorities with jurisdictio n are unwilling or unable to do so genuinely.
It is currently investigating crimes against humanity in the DR Congo, Northern Uganda, the Darfur region of Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR).

22 september 2008 19:18:00

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