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Sudan justice minister rejects Darfur extradition calls

[JURIST] Ali Mohammed Osman Yassin, Sudan's justice minister, has rejected calls for the extradition of 10 suspects to face charges for war crimes in Darfur before the the International Criminal Court [official website] in The Hague. Yassin said the men are already on trial in a Sudanese court [JURIST report], where they have pleaded not guilty [JURIST report]. Rights groups have questioned the effectiveness [JURIST report] of Sudan's recently-established Darfur court, concerned that it was created only to sidestep international justice. On Wednesday, ICC Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo [BBC profile] asked the UN Security Council and UN members - including Sudan - to support the ICC's efforts [JURIST report] to punish war criminals. BBC News has more.

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