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UPDATED: 09:38, June 13, 2005
Special court established for Darfur war suspects
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The Sudanese Government on Saturday announced the establishment of a special court for alleged human rights violations in the western region of Darfur.

Chairman of the Sudanese Council of Justice Jalaleddin Mohammed Othman said the Sudanese justice "intends to fulfill its full responsibility for carrying out its mission of impartially" and will not let any perpetrators escape from punishment whatever their positions are.

He said the tribunal is a high court which will be specialized in pursuing Darfur war crime suspects, adding it has been authorized to try any suspect involved in killing, looting and destruction of properties in the region.

Meanwhile, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail confirmed the government's readiness to co-operate with all institutions which could contribute to realizing justice in Darfur.

He told reporters that all necessary procedures and arrangements for the Darfur special criminal court started, stressing that any impunity will be lifted from any Darfur war crime suspects regardless of their positions.

Ismail said that justice must reach all perpetrators and they will be tried by the Sudanese court, adding the court would be open all the time and would work in a transparent way.

In another development, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Saturday that assistance from NATO and the European Union to airlift additional African Union (AU) peacekeepers into Darfur region will help expand the African-led peacekeeping mission there in a timely fashion.

Welcoming the promises made by the NATO and the EU, which he has been strongly advocating for the past six months or more, Annan said in a statement that the pledges would help to ensure the timely expansion of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS).

Source: China Daily

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