Announcing the request, the prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said that Mr. Bashir “masterminded and implemented” a plan to destroy the three main ethnic groups in Darfur, the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.
“His motives were largely political,” the prosecutor said. “His alibi was a ‘counterinsurgency. His intent was genocide.”
Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, of Argentina, charged that, having failed to defeat a rebellion, the Sudanese president turned against civilians. “Al-Bashir organized the destitution, insecurity and harassment of the survivors,” he said. “He did not need bullets. He used other weapons: rapes, hunger and fear. As efficient, but silent.”
Dirma, The Sudanese Thinker, writes of his misgivings in Sudan Not Afraid of the ICC
Further objections can be noted at Sudan Watch in ICC should not indict Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir
As an addendum to this, at least according to Agenzia Giornalistica Italia it appears the U.N. has issued “indefinite suspension” of its activities as precaution facing the risk of an eventual wave of violence, after the arrest order against the president of Sudan, Omar Hassan el-Beshir.
Note that Australia had already suspended it’s deployment of forces due to previous recent waves of violence against it’s peace keepers, waves which were increasing prior to these charges being levied.
Addendum: Media release International Crisis Group: New ICC Prosecution: Opportunities and Risks for Peace in Sudan
A slightly different world view for those not in the U.S.