Sudan accuses aid groups of passing evidence to ICC

Thu Mar 5, 2009 7:04am EST

KHARTOUM, March 5 (Reuters) - The Sudanese government accused some aid groups on Thursday of passing evidence to the International Criminal Court, which has called for Sudan's president to be arrested over war crimes in Darfur.

Hassabo Mohamed Abd el-Rahman, head of the government's Humanitarian Aid Commission, told Reuters some groups had "passed evidence to the ICC" and made false reports of genocide and rape.

He said investigations were continuing against many agencies.

Sudan has announced the expulsion of a number of aid agencies since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Wednesday for atrocities in Sudan's western Darfur region. The move is the first against a sitting head of state by the Hague-based court. (Reporting by Andrew Heavens in Khartoum; writing by Cynthia Johnston; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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