The Sudanese President remains defiant despite the threat of an international arrest warrant being issued against him.
The International Criminal Court is due to announce today whether it will seek Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s arrest on charges of war crimes in Darfur. As crowds burnt an effigy of the court’s prosecutor, Bashir told the court it could “eat” its warrant. Libya’s ambassador to the UN says the African Union remains opposed to any indictment, insisting it’s working towards peace in Darfur. Ibrahim Dabbashi said: “We are optimistic. We think things are moving. So why should we do something which undermines these efforts.” It is estimated that more than 200,000 people have been killed in Darfur since 2003 and some 2.7 million displaced. The crisis began when mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms against the government. Khartoum denies that it mobilised Arab militias to crush the revolt.