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Sudan announces domestic Darfur tribunal

[JURIST] Sudan officials announced Sunday that the nation will set up its own court to investigate and prosecute crimes committed during the uprising in Darfur [BBC backgrounder]. Last week the Sudan [JURIST news archive] government backed down [JURIST report] from its opposition to International Criminal Court [official website] investigations [JURIST report], but made it clear that it is opposed to sending citizens to a foreign court for trial. The Sudan tribunal, whose creation was intimated by the Sudan government last month [JURIST report] but not expected for at least another month, will be led by Supreme Court judge Mohmoud Mohamed Daeed Abkam, with investigations scheduled to commence soon. Human rights groups and the United Nations [UN report on Darfur; PDF] have expressed doubt that the nation can handle criminal investigations into the matter. The Sudan News Agency has local coverage. Aljazeera has more.

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