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It seems that Sudan Officials will not allow for UN Inspectors to investigate the mass killing that has taken place in Darfur. The decision to not allow the ICC to investigate comes just as the Chief Investigator of the ICC requested more synergy from Sudan. The fighting that has occured in Darfur, has left thousands dead and with little prosecution of those responsible for the horrific actoins that have taken place. A preceding probe into the incident has revealed a viable 51 suspects in the case, including some high level civilian as well as military personnel. Human Rights Watch, a human rights group has asked that the president, as well as other officials to be probed in the investigation as well for possible crimes against humanity. Official statements from the Sudanese government say this is merely a tribal conflict being fought by militias. Muhammad Ali al-Mardi, the Justice Minister in Sudan, is reported to gave said that the ICC has no jurisdiction in Sudan.
"The conflict in Darfur is tribal and not a political issue or a question of genocide," he said after meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
"This issue was exaggerated at the international level, when in fact we are dealing with a typical situation which is very common in Africa," he added.
The UN, in a report earlier this year, stated that crimes against humanity were committed in Darfur but stopped short of accusing Khartoum of genocide.
In 2003, Darfur groups complaining of marginalization launched a rebellion which was violently repressed.
The combined effect of the war and a dire humanitarian crisis in the region has left up to 300,000 dead, according to a British parliamentary report. More than two million people were displaced.