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Sudan agrees to hand over al-Bashir to international justice

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IDPs at Abu Shouk camps in North Darfur receive Hamdok with a banner calling to hand al-Bashir to the ICC on 4 November 2019 (ST photo)
February 11, 2020 (JUBA) - The transitional government on Tuesday agreed to hand over the ousted President Omer al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it was crucial for peace and justice in Sudan.

At different times, the war crimes court in The Hague issued arrest warrants for al-Bashir, two other former officials: Abdel Rahim Hussein, Ahmed Haroun and a militia leader Ali Kushayb.

After al-Bashir’s ouster, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), their government headed by Abdallah Hamdok said they have no objection to their handover. However, the position of the military component evolved slowly to meet the ever-increasing demand of the displaced people in Darfur.

Speaking after a meeting with Darfur armed groups in Juba, the venue of peace talks, the government negotiator and member of the Sovereign Council Mohamed al-Hassan al-Taishi declared that the government agreed with the armed groups to hand the indicted former officials to the ICC.

"We cannot achieve justice unless we heal the wounds (of the victims). We cannot escape from confronting that (fact) because there are crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against innocent people in Darfur and other regions without the appearance of the indicted people before the International Criminal Court," said al-Taishi.

He emphasized that the government agreement emanates from the principle of justice which is one of the three principles of the Sudanese revolution and the principle of impunity.

The Sudanese government did not indicate when the former senior officials would be handed over to the ICC.

On 5 November 2019, IDPs in Darfur welcomed Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok with banners calling to hand al-Bashir over to the war crimes court.

"This is a fundamental demand that no barrier can stop it," he said on the same day voicing the government support to their request.

On 19 December 2019, the head of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan admitted the right of victims of war crimes and atrocities in Darfur region to resort to The Hague court (ICC).

"If we are unable to achieve justice for our people here, they have the right to demand that justice be done wherever they choose. We are bound to achieve their demands," he further stressed.

Al-Taishi said they agreed with the armed groups on four mechanisms for justice in Darfur: the ICC, the Darfur Crimes Court to try officials and militia leaders involved in Darfur atrocities but not indicted by the ICC, the traditional justice mechanism and the justice and reconciliation mechanism.

Also, he said they would discuss the landownership and tribal reservations in a session on Tuesday evening.

(ST)

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  • 12 February 06:52, by Midit Mitot

    Omar Albashir doesn,t deserve to be handed over to ICC by the same people whom he was serving.

    We south Sudanese can forgive him though we fought his regime alot for 21 years, since He had signed our independent we forgive him.

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    • 12 February 06:59, by conservative

      Mait

      How can you forgive someone who killed your family in the past without he apologized for no he has to go even to hell and you go follow him

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      • 12 February 09:52, by Midit Mitot

        Conservative,

        Kiir will be the one follow him not me, and you should thanks someone who have done good thing to you.

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        • 12 February 10:12, by Fathi

          Midiot,

          You act as if Bashir had an option in the process ... lol. Nearly the entire country, including Darfur, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, the east, was rebelling against him ... not just South Sudan. I’m glad you got what you wanted, but how about the crimes in the rest of country?? Stop being selfish

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        • 12 February 11:50, by conservative

          Madit

          Kirr got things to do than killing unlike your uncle Dr woungkel he doesn’t care about people situation oh don’t forget kirr he ain’t the Dinka to lead there is list waiting it’s just matter of time but kirirr will leave the power in peaceful way to someone else and he remain in south Sudan as former president I don’t know bout machar he might be dead in next couple months or week mark my w

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  • 12 February 10:17, by Fathi

    On principle, I’m against the ICC. The ICC has never held any western leader accountable. The US even threatened to sanction it for considering to investigate Israeli war crimes against the Palestinians. It is an illegitimate court used to hold weaker nations, specifically rulers of African nations, accountable.

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    • 12 February 10:21, by Fathi

      Sudan’s courts need to prove to the people that our nation respects the law and is capable of holding anyone and everyone accountable. Our judicial system needs to regain the people’s trust and execute Bashir.

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      • 12 February 10:27, by Fathi

        However, I don’t believe they’re capable of providing true justice which is why I support Bashir going to the ICC. Furthermore and most importantly, it is demands of Bashir’s victims & a demand in peace agreements. I also fear Bashir "escaping" from his jail cell. How did the military allow Salah Gosh to "escape" from house arrest?

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        • 12 February 10:30, by Fathi

          I hope this move to send Bashir to the ICC will lead AU leaders to establish our own criminal court, the African Criminal Court, in the future. Non-signatories can be suspended from the AU. The court must be completely free from foreign influence and interference.

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  • 12 February 10:35, by Fathi

    I really really really doubt the military will accept the extradition to actually happen. Al Bashir is more likely to be poisoned aka "die of natural causes" instead of facing the ICC. I expect an announcement in the next couple of days or weeks saying Bashir died of a heart attack in jail.

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  • 12 February 10:49, by Angelo Achuil

    Very prophetic for all of us with power!

    "..., pressed down and shaken together, and running over, they will give into your bosom. For the same measure which you measure, it will be measured back to you. Lk 6:38

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  • 12 February 10:52, by Angelo Achuil

    This is a prophetic sign for us all!!
    "... For the same measure which you measure, it will be measured back to you." Lk 6:38

    ???????? ????????? ??????? ???????? ?????????? ?????????? ???????? ????????? ??? ?????????????. ???????? ???????? ????????? ??????? ???? ?????????? ??????? ??????

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  • 12 February 10:57, by Angelo Achuil

    Apology for arabic html wound up as ????? It’s here below by letters instead of words
    LK 6:38
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  • 12 February 12:04, by Tupac

    let him go to hell since he is the shelter of South Sudan Revels

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  • 13 February 06:23, by Kenyang ll

    Sudan is right tract to regain trust and it long lost status. Al Bashir standing in court in Hague looking down on papers he once mocked "dilute and drink it" will not only lift hope and unity among Sudanese but to many African youth while sending clear message to African dictators and butchers they could end up there. It has to happen, noble thing to offer up true criminal to have peace.

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    • 13 February 06:40, by Kenyang ll

      Sudan is on right tract.....

      Not harboring criminals and troublemakers is key to peace within and with outsiders. The opposite can be long and expensive.

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