ICC launches Darfur investigation

ICC launches Darfur investigation

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] announced [press release] Monday the opening of its investigation into reports of war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan after the UN Security Council referred the Darfur situation [JURIST report] to it earlier thus year and UN investigators passed along a list of 51 possible suspects [JURIST report]. In an effort to expedite the trials ICC investigators are focusing their attention on only the most serious criminals, a group that may include rebels, militiamen and even government leaders. Sudan has expressed reluctance to cooperate in the effort and claims to be setting up its own tribunal [JURIST report]. AP has more.