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Sudan says no handover of war crimes suspects for foreign trials

[JURIST] Sudan's state-run news agency Saturday quoted the country's vice-president as saying that Sudan [official government website; English version] would not extradite any Sudanese suspected of war crimes for trial in foreign courts. Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha said that such trials, possibly at the International Criminal Court [official website] in The Hague or in a special regional tribunal, would constitute "something we will not accept as a government" and that Sudan had its own courts in which human rights cases might be brought. Last week a UN report which declined to characterize the situation in the western Darfur region of the country as genocide [JURIST report] nonetheless recommended that 51 Sudanese - including high ranking officials and militia leaders - be charged with committing crimes against humanity. The Darfur conflict has displaced over 2 million people and led to the deaths of over 70,000. AP has more.

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