Sudan rejects ICC arrest warrants over Darfur crimes

Sudan rejected the first arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC)for a Sudanese minister of state and a militia leader accused of murder, torture and rape.

Sudan rejects ICC arrest warrants over Darfur crimes
Sudan rejected the first arrest warrants issued Wednesday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the Darfur conflict for a Sudanese minister of state and a militia leader accused of murder, torture and rape.

"Sudan rejects the ICC prosecutor's decision and our position is in line with international law because Sudan is not a member of the treaty that founded this jurisdiction," Mohammed Ali al-Mardhi told reporters.

In documents released Wednesday, ICC judges said there were "reasonable grounds" to conclude that Ahmed Haroun, Sudan's secretary of state for humanitarian affairs and a former minister in charge of Darfur, and Ali Kosheib, a principal leader of the Janjaweed militia, were "criminally responsible" for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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