A former Sudanese interior minister and a militia commander have become the first suspects to be indicted for war crimes in Darfur. The International Criminal Court has accused them of more than 50 counts of alleged crimes against civilians in 2003 and 2004.
Some 200,000 people are thought to have been killed and 2.5 million others have been displaced in Darfur since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the government.
Pro-government Janjaweed militias have been blamed for some of the worst atrocities.
Judges will now examine the evidence before deciding whether to demand the suspects’ extradition or issue an international arrest warrant against them.