Int'l prosecutor denies political timing in seeking Darfur arrest warrant

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says his request for an warrant to arrest the Sudanese president on genocide charges was not timed to the court's 10th anniversary celebration three days later. Luis Moreno-Ocampo says the UN Security Council asked to investigate the Darfur crisis and he was reporting his progress before requesting a court warrant Monday to arrest President Omar al-Bashir. With the court about to go on a summer recess, he told reporters Thursday, "this was the my last week to do it so I did it when I had my evidence ready." The world's first permanent war crimes tribunal is based on a treaty adopted on July 17, 1998 and since ratified by 107 nations.