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ICC (Officially) Appeals Decision on Genocide Charge for Sudan’s Bashir

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ICC (Officially) Appeals Decision on Genocide Charge for Sudan’s Bashir

Posted by Laura Heaton on July 7, 2009

The prosecutors of the International Criminal Court have filed an appeal challenging the tribunal’s decision to not charge Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with genocide. If the appeal is accepted, genocide would be added to a list of charges against President Bashir, which already includes war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

The prosecutors claim that the genocide charge is warranted because they need only to have “reasonable grounds to believe” Bashir committed genocide. According to the appeal, in the initial arrest warrant, the judges applied a "higher level of proof, one that can be identified only with the standard of proof ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’" which would be examined and decided upon during the course of the trial, not beforehand.

Today’s news is more or less procedural, given that the chief prosecutor announced last month his intention to challenge the Court’s decision on the genocide charge. Read about it here.