Bashir to face ICC over Darfur crimes, Sudanese official

“First, all those who have been indicted by ICC should appear before the ICC,” Taishay said. “Second, a special court (should) be set up to investigate crimes committed in Darfur.”
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 22, 2019 then Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is pictured before delivering a speech to the nation, at the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum. – Driven from power after months of nationwide protests, Sudan’s former strongman has been held in the capital’s grim Kober prison on a series of charges filed by prosecutors. Those charges range from corruption to killing protesters, and on June 16 Bashir appeared before a prosecutor. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is to be handed over to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, a top member of Khartoum’s ruling body said on Tuesday while discussing the fate of the ousted autocrat.

The Hague-based ICC has charged Bashir and three of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s western region during a brutal conflict from 2003.

“Those who have been indicted by the ICC, they have to go there,” Mohamed Hassan Al-Taishay, a member of the ruling sovereign council, was quoted as saying in a statement.

His remarks came as a government delegation met rebel groups in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.

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He said the talks revolved on achieving justice and reconciliation in Darfur, where the United Nations says about 300,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the conflict erupted.

Taishay said they had agreed several mechanisms for achieving peace in the region.

“First, all those who have been indicted by ICC should appear before the ICC,” he said. “Second, a special court (should) be set up to investigate crimes committed in Darfur.”

The conflict in Darfur, the size of France, erupted when ethnic minority African rebels took up arms against Bashir’s then Arab-dominated government, accusing it of marginalising the region economically and politically.

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The ICC has charged Bashir with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the conflict.

Three of his former aides are also wanted by ICC: Ahmed Haroon, Abdulrahim Mohamed Hussain and Ali Kushied.

Bashir was ousted by the army in a palace coup last April after months of protests against his iron-fisted rule of three decades.

He is currently held at a prison in Khartoum.

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