State radio says Sudan has appointed a new prosecutor to investigate crimes in Darfur.

The move appears aimed at showing Sudan can use its own courts to prosecute war crimes in its troubled western region, where up to 300,000 people have died since 2003.

The government says it doesn't recognize the International Criminal Court, whose prosecutor last month charged President Omar al-Bashir with genocide and other crimes against humanity.

Tuesday's report says the new prosecutor, Nimr Ibrahim Mohamed, will represent the state in courts and issue monthly reports to the government.

Human rights groups say Sudan's legal system is not equipped for trials of genocide or war crimes. It has previously prosecuted only few people, handing down light sentences.