Finally: Ex- Sudanese Dictator Bashir to face ICC over Darfur Crimes
“Justice cannot be achieved if we don’t heal the wounds” – Sudan
The Sudanese Government, has, on Tuesday, agreed to hand over ex- Dictator Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face genocide and war crimes charges.
The development comes after a Sudanese Government delegation agreed during peace talks with rebel groups from Sudan’s Darfur, that for Justice and the healing of his victims to be achieved, he should be handed over to the ICC, along with others, to answer for his crimes.
Bashir is accused of War crimes relating to an armed conflict that broke out in the Darfur region in 2003 and is said to have claimed about 300,000 people.
“Justice cannot be achieved if we don’t heal the wounds” said the spokesperson for the Sudanese Government, Mr Mohammed Hassan Eltaish
“We agreed that everyone who had arrest warrants issued against them will appear before the ICC. I’m saying it very clearly,” he added.
In 2009, an arrest warrant for Bashir on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity was issued after ICC Prosecutors requested that stands trial.
However, Bashir was never arrested even when he travelled to Countries under ICC’s Jurisdiction and therefore required to comply with arrest warrants, including Uganda. He attended President Yoweri Museveni’s Swearing in Ceremony in May 2016.
On Tuesday, one of Bashir’s Lawyers, according to Reuters, described the ICC as a “political court” and that Bashir will not heed to the Court’s authority.
Bashir, seized power in a military coup in 1989 and ruled Sudan with an iron fist till last year when widespread demonstrations led to his downfall.
He would thereafter be sentenced to two years in a social reform facility over corruption.