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Sudan's defence minister sought by ICC

2012-03-02 10:19

The Hague - The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's defence minister, the third senior regime official sought by the court for alleged involvement in atrocities in Darfur.

The court announced on Thursday it wants Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein arrested on a warrant containing seven counts of crimes against humanity and six war crimes including murder, persecution, rape and torture.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked judges for the warrant in December, saying Hussein is among those who "bear greatest criminal responsibility" for atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region from August 2003 to March 2004.

Sudan does not recognise the court and refuses to hand over suspects including President Omar al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide in Darfur.