5 Mar 2009

Arrest warrant issued for President of Sudan

5:38 am on 5 March 2009

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan.

Omar al-Bashir is wanted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region of Sudan.

A panel of three judges wants him to stand trial for his government's actions.

The United Nations says 300,000 people have been killed and millions displaced during six years of conflict in Darfur.

The BBC reports that before the announcement was made on Wednesday, the Sudanese leader told the court it could eat its arrest warrant, because it was not worth the ink used to write it.