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ICC blasts Chad, Malawi over al-Bashir

2011-12-15 22:28

New York - The International Criminal Court on Thursday criticised Malawi and Chad for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during visits to those countries.

Al-Bashir was charged in 2009 with war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of extermination and rape in Darfur, where African rebel groups have fought with Khartoum-backed Arab militias since 2003.

The UN said the fighting killed more than 300 000 people and made 2.5 million others refugees.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the UN Security Council in New York that the ICC found that the Malawian and Chadian governments had failed to implement arrest warrants against al-Bashir.

Malawi and Chad said the AU does not support ICC warrants.