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Khartoum Confirms Readiness to Cooperate With ICC

Khartoum Confirms Readiness to Cooperate With ICC

Monday, 19 October, 2020 - 06:15
Hamdok received at his office here today International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Ms Fatou Bensouda (SUNA)

Sudanese officials confirmed Sunday the commitment of their country to achieve justice and cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

During a meeting with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok affirmed his government's commitment to achieving justice as one of the slogans of the glorious December revolution.

"Sudan's commitment to achieving justice is not only one of the international obligations, but also comes in response to popular demands to establish justice and implement the slogans of the glorious revolution that demanded, among other things, justice,” he said in the presence of Cabinet Affairs Minister Ambassador Omer Manis and Justice Minister Nasr-Eddin Abdel-Bari.

Bensouda’s visit to Sudan comes within the framework of coordination and cooperation with the Sudanese government regarding the ICC arrest warrants against ex-leader Omar al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 and two other former officials on charges of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity during his campaign to crush a revolt in Darfur in which an estimated 300,000 people died.

Bensouda arrived in Sudan late on Saturday and met with First Vice-President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Lt-General Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, who affirmed the Transitional Government's readiness to cooperate with the Court.

For her part, the ICC Prosecutor pointed out in a press statement that the main purpose of her visit is to coordinate and cooperate with the Sudanese authorities.

She said she met with the concerned authorities to obtain full commitment over these issues and stressed the need to achieve justice, especially for the victims of the Darfur region.

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