Former Sudanese officials involved in murder and all acts of genocide are to face justice, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has said in a veiled reference to calls by activists for former President Omar al-Bashir to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Hamdok said this on Wednesday in Khartoum while addressing a rally marking the first anniversary of Sudan’s December protests last year that eventually led to the ousting of al-Bashir in April.
“Justice will be achieved. The law will take its course on all killers,” a Xinxua news agency report quoted Hamdok while addressing people at the rally which had many Sudanese people in attendance.
“War crimes and genocide do not drop due to statute of limitations. We will work to ensure that all criminals are tried and that dignity is restored to the families of the victims,” Hamdok added.
Hamdok also reiterated the importance of achieving peace, saying, “Without fair and sustainable peace, the slogans of the protests will not be achieved.”
The Sudanese are celebrating the first anniversary of the protests which erupted on December 19, 2018.
Upon the street’s pressure, the Sudanese army on April 11 ousted the former President Omar al-Bashir and formed a military council to run the country’s affairs.
Late last August, the military and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, which led the protests, established a sovereign council and a transitional government to rule the country for 39 months.