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International Prosecutor Seeks Sudanese Official’s Arrest in Darfur Violence

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court put new pressure on the government of Sudan on Friday by seeking an arrest warrant for the country’s defense minister on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The minister, Abdel Rahim Muhammad Hussein, is a close ally of Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has already been indicted by the court for a variety of atrocities and genocide.

If the judges issue a warrant for Mr. Hussein, he will be the country’s fourth senior politician to be called to account for the violent campaign against civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan during the conflict there between the Arab-dominated government and non-Arab rebel groups.

Three officials, including the president and another minister, already have longstanding warrants, but Mr. Bashir has scoffed at the court, and no one has been arrested. Rather, the case against the president and his associates has become something of a stalemate.

Mr. Bashir has tried in vain to have the charges against him dropped by enlisting other countries to join his campaign against the court. But he has failed to find the necessary support in the United Nations Security Council, which ordered the investigation into the violence and could ask to suspend it.

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New York Times
Marlise Simons