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Charges leveled against regime

June 04, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has charged that "the whole state apparatus" of Sudan is implicated in crimes against humanity in the Darfur region, linking the government directly with the so-called janjaweed militia.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo says in a report to the U.N. Security Council that he has uncovered evidence showing that "high officials" in the Sudanese government are linked to many horrendous attacks in Darfur.

Atrocities include killing, torture and rape of civilians, including young girls, the report says. It also says senior Sudanese officials are linked to the burning and looting of homes, bombing of schools and destruction of mosques.

The report does not identify any officials or present evidence of specific crimes. Court spokeswoman Florence Olara said this is the first time that the chief prosecutor has linked the entire Sudanese government to abuses in Darfur.

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