ICC names first war crimes suspects in Darfur

Today the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) named a Sudanese minister and a militia commander as the first suspects he wants tried for war crimes.

The Security Council referred the Darfur issue, along with the names of 51 suspected perpetrators, to the ICC in March 2005, after a UN inquiry into whether genocide occurred in Darfur found the Government responsible for crimes under international law and strongly recommended referring the dossier to the Court.