Darfur: Sudan to hand over Omar al-Bashir and former wanted leaders to the International Criminal Court

The former Sudanese president is already serving a prison sentence, after his conviction for corruption in December 2019.

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Sudan will hand over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) three former leaders including the ousted former president Omar al-Bashir, wanted in particular for “genocide” and crimes against humanity during the conflict in Darfur, announced Wednesday August 11 the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“The Council of Ministers has decided to hand over the wanted persons to the International Criminal Court”, said Minister Mariam al-Mahdi, according to the official Suna news agency, during a meeting with the new attorney general of the court based in The Hague (Netherlands), Karim Khan, visiting Khartoum. She underlined wednesday “importance” of his country’s cooperation with the ICC “to obtain justice for the victims of the war in Darfur”.

From 2003, the conflict in Darfur, a region in the west of the country, opposed the predominantly Arab regime of Omar al-Bashir and rebels from ethnic minorities who considered themselves marginalized. It left about 300,000 dead and nearly 2.5 million displaced, mostly during the first years of violence, according to the United Nations.

Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April 2019, after months of unprecedented popular movement. Already convicted of corruption in December 2019, the former president is currently being held in Kober prison in Khartoum. He is also on trial by Sudanese justice for his role in the coup that brought him to power in 1989, but his trial has been repeatedly postponed since July 2020.

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