ICC prosecutor mulls new Darfur war crimes charges

December 14, 2012 - 4:58:41 am
UNITED NATIONS: The International Criminal Court prosecutor said yesterday she is considering new war crimes charges against leading Sudanese officials over the Darfur conflict.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the UN Security Council that aerial bombardments of civilians, deadly attacks on UN peacekeepers and humanitarian aid convoys “may constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.” The ICC has already issued arrest warrants against Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir and four other top government and militia figures over the conflict, now nearing its tenth year in which the UN says at least 300,000 people have died. 


Moroccan islamist oppn leader dies  

RABAT: The leader of Morocco’s main opposition group Al Adl Wal Ihsane died yesterday, raising questions over the future of an Islamist group that played a central role in Arab Spring protests last year. 
Abdessalam Yassine formed the group 1981. It is banned from formal politics but is believed by analysts and diplomats to be the only opposition organisation capable of mass mobilisation in the North African state. It was a major player in protests last year that led the monarchy to institute constitutional reforms to dilute some of its extensive powers - an usual step for a group previously more focused on religion than politics and protest.  Agencies