Sudanese 'war crimes spy' jailed

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A Sudanese man has been jailed for 17 years for passing on sensitive files about a Darfur war crimes suspect to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mohammed Alsary Ibrahim was convicted of spying, criminal conspiracy and passing on confidential military documents about a Sudanese minister.

Mr Ibrahim, who denied the charges, is the first person in Sudan to be prosecuted for helping the ICC.

The ICC prosecutor has accused President Omar al-Bashir of responsibility for war crimes in Darfur, prompting angry responses from his government.

Mr Ibrahim was accused of trying to link Ahmed Haroun - Sudan's state minister for humanitarian affairs - with the Janjaweed militia, which is accused of widespread atrocities in Darfur.

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