- Sudan has appointed a special prosecutor to probe alleged crimes in its war-ravaged western Darfur region.
The prosecutor, appointed by the Justice Minister Abdul Basit Sabdarat, has been empowered to take cases to court.
Sudanese government's move came some weeks after the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague indicted President Omar al-Bachir on war crimes, crimes againsts humanity and genocide in the troubled Darfur region. The indictment was frowned by the Sudanese government.
Mr. Sabdarat said he has signed a decision to name a prosecutor for crimes committed in Darfur since 2003 to date.
The Darfur prosecutor, Nimer Ibrahim Mohamed who will be supported by three assistants, has been granted the full authority to investigate the crimes and go to court with them.
Some observers said the government's move came late and that in the absence of a legal system reform, the prosecutor will not succeed in his mission. Besides, Sudanese law remains silent on genocide, ethnic cleansing, war and crimes against humanity.
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