Sudan to hand over Omar al-Bashir, other Darfur war crimes suspects

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A Sudanese official announced the government is going to surrender ousted President Omar al-Bashir and former leading members of his administration to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Minister of Federal Affairs Bothaina Dinar declared that the government has decided to hand over Bashir and other suspected war criminals to the ICC and that the cabinet’s decision was unanimous and aimed at establishing peace and stability in the country.

Sudan’s decision comes weeks after the ICC’s outgoing chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, visited the country and urged its leaders to surrender all those wanted including Mr. Bashir, 77.

He was the first person to be charged by the international court for the crime of genocide.

Other ex-officials wanted by the ICC are former Defence Minister Abdelraheem Muhammad Hussein and former Minister of the Interior Ahmad Harun.

Bashir was ousted by the military after mass protests in 2019 and is now serving a jail sentence for corruption.

The war in Darfur caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises of recent years.

At least 300,000 people have been killed in the conflict between rebels and government forces that began in 2003. Millions of others were forced from their homes and into displacement camps.

The Sudanese government also urged rebel groups to join the peace process. (Source: BBC)

 

 

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