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Sudan lobbies against Bashir case

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Sudan has started lobbying the UN to block an investigation into alleged war crimes in Darfur by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Other African countries are expected to call for the case to be suspended.

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo says that troops under the president’s command continue to rape women in Darfur.

Opponents of the investigation argue that it is hindering efforts to establish peace in Darfur.

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African Union Chairman Jean Ping told the BBC it was unfair that all those indicted by the ICC so far were African.

“We are not against international justice,” he said.

“It seems that Africa has become a laboratory to test the new international law.”

But Western countries such as the US and the UK say Mr Bashir’s government has backed militias, which they accuse of committing widespread atrocities in Darfur.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Sudan lobbies against Bashir case.

Le Monde.fr reports that Chief Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo has the support of Ban Ki-Moon and of several Arab and Muslim leaders who consider that Bashir must be stopped. We’ll see, though I’m not very optimistic. For me, the fact that this man has been indicted is, in itself, a victory.

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