The lead prosecutor of the International Criminal Court accuses a Sudanese government official and a militia leader of working together to attack civilians in Darfur. Sudan immediately rejected the allegations and refused to hand over the two men.
Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo says he's trying to show how the system worked in Darfur. To do that, he ran through nearly 100 pages of evidence, and singled out two people: Ahmad Muhammad Haroun, the former minister of state for the interior, and Ali Kushayb, the Janjaweed militia leader.
The prosecutor formally asked the judges at the international criminal court to issue arrest warrants, saying the two bear criminal responsibility in relation to 51 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
But there is still debate as to whether the charges will exacerbate the conflict or whether they will put pressure on Sudan to stop fueling a conflict the U.S. has labeled genocide.