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It is up to Civilian Govt to Hand al-Bashir to ICC- Military Official Say

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7Dnews London

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 22:39 GMT

Sudan’s next civilian government would have to decide whether to hand former President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a member of the current governing military council said on Monday April 15th, according to AFP.

A-l Bashir was indicted by the Hague-based ICC in 2009 for committing war crimes during the civil war in Darfur in western Sudan.

Last week, al-Bashir was toppled after 30 years in power by a military coup following months-long countrywide anti-government protests.

"The decision whether to extradite [Bashir] to ICC will be made by a popularly elected government and not the transitional military council," military council member Jalaluddin Sheikh told journalists during a visit to the Ethiopian capital.

However, the council has previously stated that it will not send al-Bashir or any other official to the ICC.

The charges on al-Bashir’s indictment included a genocide allegation added in 2010 when his government was crushing a rebellion in Darfur in 2003.

His government's decision to unleash the armed forces and allied militia against the rebels brought him further international criticism.

The UN says more than 300,000 people have been killed in the Darfur conflict, and more than two million displaced.

The ousted president was the first sitting president of a country to be wanted by the ICC, and the first person to be charged with genocide.

Without a police force, the ICC relies on member states to carry out arrest warrants against suspects.

Despite two warrants against al-Bashir, he continued to travel with impunity to various countries in Africa and the rest of the world.

This included to ICC member states South Africa and Jordan, which under the court's founding Rome Statute had an obligation to arrest him.

In the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday, thousands of demonstrators remained camped outside the army headquarters, calling for a return to a civilian government.


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