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International Criminal Court to Indict Sudanese President

Egyptian state media say Sudan has asked the Arab League to hold an emergency meeting, after reports that the International Criminal Court may seek the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

The MENA news agency report Saturday did not say what support or action Sudan wants from the group.

On Friday, U.N. officials said the ICC may decide to arrest Mr. Bashir in connection with war crimes in the Darfur region.

The court said chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will submit evidence Monday alleging crimes committed in the region during the last five years.

President Bashir is among several top Sudanese officials that could be named in the case. ICC prosecutors declined to reveal details about the court's plans.

A Sudanese government spokesman, Rabie Atti, says Khartoum will continue its policy of not cooperating with the ICC, no matter who is named as a suspect.

U.N. officials and members of the Security Council are expressing concern about the safety of U.N. and African Union peacekeepers in Darfur if President Bashir is indicted.

The U.N.'s top peacekeeping official, Jean-Marie Guehenno, told a closed-door briefing of the council Friday that an attack this week on peacekeepers in Darfur took place in an area under Sudanese government control.

The Sudanese government has blamed rebels from the Sudanese Liberation Army for the attack.

The United States also warned Sudan Friday against retaliating against U.N. peacekeepers, foreign diplomats and others if the ICC indicts President Bashir.

Five years of fighting in Darfur involving rebels, the Sudanese government and government-backed militias has displaced some 2.5 million people and killed up to 300,000 others.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.