- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2009

DOHA, QATAR (AP) - Sudan’s president, who is charged by an international court for war crimes, has lashed out at the U.N. Security Council and accused it of corruption.

Speaking at an Arab League summit in Qatar, Omar al-Bashir criticized the Security Council for asking the International Criminal Court to launch an investigation into war crimes in Darfur. On March 4, the court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir.

Earlier, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon criticized Sudan for expelling aid agencies from Darfur. Monday is the first time al-Bashir and Ban have come face-to-face since his arrest order.

The ICC is independent from the U.N. But the Security Council _ as it did with Darfur _ can ask the court to launch an investigation into alleged war crimes.

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