A decision on an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is likely to come later than the widely-expected date of mid-October, the International Criminal Court's top prosecutor has said.
"Normally, when the judges start to analyze (a case) they call us for hearings and they ask for more information. They have not yet done that," ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Reuters in an interview on Friday.
"I don't know how long it will take, the judges will decide, but I don't think October would be possible," he said.
Bashir is accused of orchestrating a campaign of genocide in the Darfur region beginning in 2003 that has killed 35,000 people outright and at least another 100,000 through starvation and disease, with another 2.5 million forced from their homes.
Moreno-Ocampo said he had asked Sudan and the Arab League for an update on investigations into a recent attack in a refugee camp to determine whether it was an isolated incident or the start of a new wave of violence against civilians.
Sudanese forces attacked South Darfur's volatile Kalma camp on Aug. 25, leaving up to 27 dead and injuring more after surrounding the camp and going inside to search for weapons, according to rebel leaders.
Attacks usually take place outside the camps, the prosecutor said.
The Khartoum government and army leaders denied the August attack even took place.