ICC orders arrest of 2 Darfur war suspects

New York- UN (PANA) -- The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) Thursday called on Sudan to arrest its two citizens indicted over the war in in the country's western region of Darfur.
The Court had on 27 April issued arrest warrants for Sudan's Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Ahmad Harun and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb, both accused of committing war crimes in Darfur.
ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, told the UN Security Council in an open briefing here Thursday the Council members and regional organisations "must take the lead in calling on Sudan to arrest Harun and Kushayb.
" He added: "The Court counts on every state to execute the arrest warrants against the two men and hopes that the Security Council can address the issue of Sudanese cooperation with the ICC during its mission to Khartoum, next week.
" Harun and Kushayb face 51 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
But Sudan has repeatedly rejected the indictments, saying the ICC has no jurisdiction to try its citizens for crimes in Darfur.
In February, Khartoum announced it would try Kushayb for unspecified charges related to Darfur.
The ICC, the world's first permanent war crimes court, started work in 2002 and is now supported by 104 nations, while Russia, China and the US have refused to endorse its establishment.
Sudan has signed but not ratified the treaty which established the Court.

07 june 2007 22:30:00

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