Sudan's justice minister appointed a chief prosecutor on Tuesday to investigate crimes in Darfur over the past five years, state news agency SUNA said.
Nimr Ibrahim Mohamed is an advisor at the Justice Ministry and will head a committee charged with investigating all crimes in western Sudan since the conflict there began in 2003.
Rights lawyers said the appointment of Mohamed to lead an investigation on Darfur was meant to offset the ICC indictment but it would not work.
"Sudanese laws are weak and the Justice Ministry is not independent," said Kamal Omer, a lawyer from the opposition Popular Congress Party. "This is just playing games."
Mostly non-Arab rebels took up arms in Darfur in early 2003 accusing the central government of neglect. Khartoum mobilised mostly Arab militia to quell the revolt.
The ICC chief prosecutor charged Bashir's state apparatus was directly or indirectly responsible for allegedly crimes in Sudan.
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