Marks first shoplifting charge by global court against a sitting head of state
By Mondo Fernando, Staff Reporter
THE HAGUE – The International Criminal Court filed two charges against Monday against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, accusing him of shoplifting a chocolate bar and a pack of gum from a small store located near the Republican Palace in Khartoum.
“We take shoplifting very seriously at the ICC,” Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement after submitting his case to the judges.
“The international community has turned a blind eye towards Sudan long enough. We don’t need to wait until hundreds of snacks are stolen,” he told The Associated Press.
“Chocolates, gum, and other candies are at grave risk.”
But Al-Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party on Sunday warned of “more shoplifting to come” in Sudan if an arrest warrant is issued against the president, state TV reported.
In a subsequent ruling, al-Bashir was also charged with masterminding an effort to wipe out some 2.5 million people in Darfur with a campaign of murder, rape and deportation.