- The International Criminal Court is expected to rule on Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir's arrest on 4 March this year.
According to a communiqué issued by the Pre-Trial Chamber, the judges of the court decided to announce the date of the decision following a number of media reports that the court has made the decision to indict the president of war crimes charges.
President l Bashir, who is the first head of state to be indicted by the international court is accused of orchestrating killings and violations of people in war torn Darfur six year conflict. The UN said up to 300,000 people have died since the conflict broke out in 2003. Mr Al Bashir has denied the charges.
The ICC last week rejected media reports alleging that it had made a decision to issue an arrest warrant against President Al-Bashir on charges of war crimes.
Last July, ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the court for an arrest warrant for the Sudanese president on charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Sudan's war-torn western region.
Mr Moreno-Ocampo has accused Mr Al Bashir of having personally instructed his forces to annihilate three ethnic groups the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa, engaged in a rebellion in Darfur.
The charges have sparked anger across the 53-nation African Union with some outspoken leaders saying the ICC arrest warrant would lead to dangerous repercussions in Darfur and the rest of the country.
They further vowed to lobby for a one-year suspension of the case, saying a trial at the ICC could threaten the peace process in Sudan, which the government and rebels had already started. Sudan leadership and rebels are currently in Doha, Qatar for peace talks.
Khartoum government has denied all the allegations against the president, saying the court only seeks to undermine Sudan’s stability stirring up press speculation about legal proceedings against Sudanese government.
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