Sudan to set up special courts for Darfur: Arab League

The Cairo-based league adopted in an emergency meeting of its foreign ministers on Saturday a plan to defuse the crisis between Sudan and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Sudan to set up special courts for Darfur: Arab League
Sudan has agreed to set up special courts to try alleged human rights abuses in Darfur which will be monitored by international bodies including the U.N., an Arab League official said Wednesday.

"They agreed to establish special courts," Hisham Yussef, chief of staff for Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said.

"They also agreed that the Arab League, the U.N. and the African Union would follow (the trials) but also ensure that laws in Sudan cover all the aspects required under international law."

The Cairo-based league adopted in an emergency meeting of its foreign ministers on Saturday a plan to defuse the crisis between Sudan and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Arab League will ask the UN Security Council to suspend all measures taken under a 2005 resolution, which referred the Darfur file to the ICC, according to Arab League statement.

The crisis erupted after the ICC chief prosecutor Luis-Moreno Ocampo asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Darfur.

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