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Sjefaktor ved Den internasjonale straffedomstolen, ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, sammen med viseaktor Fatou Bensouda. Moreno-Ocampo trosset advarsler og trusler og leverte anbefalingen om å tiltale president Omar al-Bashir. Tre dommere, fra Ghana, Brasil og Latvia, har en måned på seg til å avgjøre om det skal reises tiltale.

De som advarer mot følgene, hvilket flere land har gjort, blant dem Storbritannia, bør betenke utviklingen på bakken. FN har konkludert med at det var regjeringsmilits som sto bak angrepet på AU-styrken sist tirsdag, der sju soldater ble drept.

The attack on a convoy of 60 UN peacekeepers by a group of 200 armed men in Darfur on Tuesday is seen as a possible prelude to a wider offensive against UN peacekeepers. UN officials describe the attack as an ambush by Sudanese government proxies in which more advanced weaponry, such as recoilless rifles mounted on the back of «technical vehicles», were used in Darfur for the first time.

The international prosecutor has already charged 11 war crimes suspects from Africa — including two Sudanese accused of organising the mass killings, torture, rape and forcible displacement in Darfur.

One is Ahmad Harun, who allegedly co-ordinated the Sudanese Army and Janjawid militia while serving as Minister of State for the Interior.

UN officials are still forced to deal with Mr Harun because he is now Sudan’s Secretary of State for Humanitarian Affairs and the Government’s liaison with the UN force in Darfur. The other indictee is Janjawid militia leader Ali Kushayb.


UN troops brace for Sudan attacks as Omar al-Bashir faces genocide indictment