Genocide Charges Filed Against Sudanese President

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has filed genocide charges against Sudan’s president.

He accuses Omar al-Bashir of masterminding attempts to wipe out African tribes in Darfur with a campaign of murder, rape and deportation.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo says he is seeking an arrest warrant for al-Bashir to prevent the slow deaths of more than two million people who’ve been forced from their homes and are still under attack from a government-backed militia.

Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence.

Some analysts fear the filing of charges could make matters worse for refugees, saying Sudan could close its doors to relief agencies and possibly peacekeeping troops.