Sudan Leader Faces Genocide Charges

July 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The president of Sudan could become the first sitting head of state to face charges in the international criminal court of genocide and crimes against humanity. President Omar Al-Bashir is being accused of masterminding the rape and murder of an estimated 300,000 people in Darfur.

Since 2003, 300,000 Sudanese have been killed. 2.5 million have been displaced, in the ongoing, brutal conflict between local African tribes and militias supported by the Arab-dominated government.

Monday a prosecutor formally asked a 3-judge panel to charge President Al-Bashir with ten counts of crimes against humanity. They include murder, abuse and the systematic rape of children as young as six.