Immediately after Moreno-Ocampo applied for an arrest warrant in July, the Arab League rebuked the prosecutor [JURIST report] for his unbalanced stance and said that an indictment the first ever against a sitting head of state would set a dangerous and destabilizing precedent. Last month, then-South African President Thabo Mbeki spoke out against any ICC arrest of Bashir [JURIST report], telling reporters that the move will jeopardize stability in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. Moreno-Campo traveled to New York last month to seek support for the arrest of Bashir despite the fact that Bashir has threatened to ignore [JURIST reports] any ICC-issued arrest warrant, saying he would not "deal with or respond to" the ICC.
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