Sudan will not allow Darfur crimes suspects to be tried abroad: Taha
Taha, speaking at a meeting with officials in South Darfur state on Friday, was referring to an international discussion over whether Sudanese suspected of such crimes be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) or by a special tribunal.
"The government is opposed to trying any Sudanese official or ordinary citizen involved in the Darfur incidents outside the Sudan," Taha was quoted as saying.
"The government is capable of doing justice among its people in Darfur," said Taha, adding that Sudan "is a sovereign state committed to the international agreements and conventions it has signed."
The independent Al-Ayam daily reported Saturday that 51 Sudanese accused by a UN fact-finding commission of committing crimes against humanity in Darfur included 10 senior officials in the national government.
Note, The regime in Khartoum is either full of bluff and bluster or it believes it can get away with anything. Bluff and bluster more like. Some of them are educated enough to know if there is a warrant for their arrest, and they fail to surrender or show up in court, security forces will have to go and fetch them, even if it means military force. I believe the days of the present regime in Khartoum are numbered. Trouble is, it may take a long while and cost many more lives.
51 names are on the UN's sealed list of names for prosecution, some may be rebels, approximately 10 are Sudanese officials. You have to wonder if any of the rebel leaders or Sudanese officials know whether they are on the sealed list of names or not. Psychologically, it must be sobering for them, especially in the still of the night when they put their head down to sleep, wondering if they are marked men or not. They may as well give up violence and work towards peace, now.