ICC prosecutor urges Sudan to hand over Darfur suspects

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has urged Sudan to hand over suspects wanted by the ICC for crimes committed in Darfur. During a landmark visit to the conflict region on Sunday, Bensouda said her visit was a dream come true and is taking place 16 years after the UN tasked the ICC to probe the Darfur conflict. 

The United Nations says 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million were displaced in the conflict.

Fighting broke out in 2003 when African minority rebels, complaining of systematic discrimination, took up arms against the then Arab-dominated regime of ousted Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir.

Khartoum responded by unleashing a notorious militia known as the Janjaweed, recruited from among the region's nomadic tribes.

Bensouda arrived Sunday in Darfur for a 48-hour visit, travelling there from Khartoum, where she had a "productive first meeting" with Darfur governor Minni Minnawi, she tweeted.

She also toured a camp for internally displaced people and met with families seeking justice for atrocities allegedly committed against them.

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