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ICC Prosecutor in Khartoum to Discuss Cooperation over Internationally Wanted Men

ICC Prosecutor in Khartoum to Discuss Cooperation over Internationally Wanted Men

Sunday, 18 October, 2020 - 07:45
Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir sits inside a cage at the courthouse where he is facing corruption charges, in Khartoum, Sudan September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office said in a statement that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will visit Khartoum to discuss methods of cooperation with officials from the transitional authority concerning the suspects against whom the ICC has issued arrest warrants including ousted president Omar al-Bashir.

The delegation will stay be in Sudan until 21 October during which it will meet with high-ranking Sudanese officials.

Remarkably, the visit was planned to be undisclosed for security considerations.

A ruler of for thirty years, Bashir is now in Kobar Juvenile Detention Center after neglecting decade-old international arrest warrants issued against him.

The first sentence against Bashir was issued in December and he was handed a two-year imprisonment sentence. Bashir and 27 other suspects are being prosecuted for plotting the coup in 1989.

In one of his speeches, he admitted that the casualties of clashes between the government and the insurgents didn’t exceed 9,000. He also said that murders were committed for insignificant reasons.

The ICC has been after Bashir since 2009 for committing war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity in Darfur in which an estimated 300,000 people had died and around 3 million became refugees or were displaced, based on the UN statistics.

The court in The Hague issued in 2009 and 2010 two arrest warrants against him, which is an unprecedented incident against an acting president.

For its part, the Darfur Bar Association stated that the crimes Bashir, Ahmed Haroun, and Ali Kushayb are being prosecuted for are only the tip of the iceberg given the wave of crimes committed between 2003 and 2005.

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