Sudanese govt. must hand over Omar al-Bashir, other suspects to ICC – Amnesty


Rights group Amnesty International calls on Sudanese government to hand over former President Omar al-Bashir and the two other suspects, Ahmad Harun and Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein, to answer allegations against them at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This after suspected war criminal Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman “Ali Kushayb” surrendered to the ICC on June 09, 2020 after 13 years of evading justice for crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

“Only when those who have grossly abused power in the past are held to account for their crimes will a future in which human rights in the country be fully realized,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa.

Sudanese authorities should build on this momentum by also handing over the former president Omar al-Bashir and the other suspects, Muchena said.

Ali Kushayb allegedly recruited and commanded thousands of Janjaweed militias between August 2003 and March 2004, who committed heinous human rights violations.

On April 27, 2007 the ICC issued a warrant of arrest for him to face 22 counts of crimes against humanity and 28 counts of war crimes.

Mr. Muchena said that “the arrest of Ali Kushayb is a positive step towards justice for the victims of the crimes he allegedly committed in Darfur.”

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur in demanding truth, justice and reparations no matter how long it takes or how hard those responsible try to evade the law,” he added.

The ICC also issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Harun in 2007, against Omar al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010, and against Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein in 2012 for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur committed since 2003. (Source: Amnesty Intl.)