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Sudan still not cooperating on war crimes arrests: ICC prosecutor

[JURIST] Sudan [JURIST news archive] has failed to cooperate with the arrests of two suspects [ICC materials] wanted for allegedly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official website] said Tuesday. Moreno-Ocampo told the UN News Centre that Sudan's decision to allow one of the suspects, Ahmad Muhammad Harun, to remain as Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs was "totally unacceptable." Moreno-Ocampo also said that the responsibility to execute the arrest warrants belongs to Sudan, and if no progress is made, he will report the issue to the UN Security Council [official website].

Sudan has previously responded to calls from the ICC chief prosecutor for the arrest of Sudanese war crime suspects by saying that the ICC does not have the jurisdiction [JURIST reports] to prosecute alleged war crimes in Darfur because Sudan has not ratified the ICC's Rome Statute [PDF text]. The UN News Service has more.

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