UPDATE 3-Sudan expels two aid workers

Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:42pm GMT

* Sudan expels two foreign aid workets

* Move follows genocide charges against Bashir

* Sudan government says move unrelated to ICC charges

(Adds confirmation by Sudanese government)

By Andrew Heavens

KHARTOUM, July 15 (Reuters) - Sudan expelled two aid workers on Thursday, the government said, three days after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on genocide charges.

Sudan said the expulsion of the workers from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was not related to the genocide accusation.

Khartoum expelled 13 foreign aid organisations last year after the court issued an initial arrest warrant in March 2009 against Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur conflict.

U.N. officials say as many as 300,000 people have died and over 2.7 million been driven from their homes in seven years of ethnic and politically motivated violence in Darfur, a remote region of Western Sudan. Khartoum says 10,000 have died.   Continued...

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