George Clooney Arrested While Protesting Sudanese Government
Actor George Clooney, famously known for his depiction of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, was arrested this morning during a protest against Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir. Clooney testified before U.S. Senate Committe for Foreign Relations this week after returning from a trip to Sudan. His appearance there was to help raise awareness of violence being perpetrated by Bashir, which Clooney described as “ethnic cleansing.”
Clooney encouraged the committee to enforce economic action against Sudan, specifically when it comes to China’s trade with the north African country.
The Hollywood actor’s arrest was highly anticipated, according to @Reuters. There were no reported incidents of police brutality.
” In July 2008, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, accused al-Bashir of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir on 4 March 2009 on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him for genocide. However, on 12 July 2010, after a lengthy appeal by the prosecution, the Court held that there was indeed sufficient evidence for charges of genocide to be brought and issued a second warrant containing three separate counts. The new warrant, as with the first, will be delivered to the Sudanese government, which is unlikely to execute it. ”