Sudan arrests 15 officials charged with Darfur crimes Russell Adkins at 10:05 AM ET
[JURIST] Sudanese justice minister Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin announced Monday that 15 Sudanese military officials have been arrested and accused of human rights offenses including rape, burning of villages and killings in the Darfur region, marking the first arrests of government officials in connection with the Darfur violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the past two years. The individuals arrested are to be sent to trial immediately; the announcement follows a statement by Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail statement that Sudan [government website] would reject any UN proposal [JURIST report] that would move war crimes prosecution outside of Sudan's territory. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Sudan [JURIST Country news archive]. Reuters has more. The Sudan Tribune has local coverage, including a report that 164 people in all will face trial for crimes in Darfur.
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