Sudan to extradite former president to International Criminal Court

Sudanese authorities have decided to extradite former African president Omar al-Bashir, previously dismissed from his post by the military, to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Sudanese authorities have decided to extradite former African president Omar al-Bashir, previously dismissed from his post by the military, to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Al-Bashir is accused by the ICC of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that were committed during the Darfur conflict that erupted in 2003.  The ICC issued an arrest warrant for a Sudanese politician back in 2009.  Thus, for the first time in history, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the incumbent head of state.

At the same time, in April 2019, the head of the political committee of the military authorities of the Sudan, Omar Zane al-Abedin, claimed that the country’s authorities did not intend to extradite al-Bashir to the ICC.  “Bashir will be tried within our judicial system,” al-Abedin assured then.

Al-Bashir has led Sudan since 1989, but last spring the military removed him from office and formed an interim military council, chaired by Defense Minister Awad ibn Auf.

 In December 2019, a court in Sudan found al-Bashir guilty of corruption and sentenced him to two years in prison.  Then it was reported that the 75-year-old former head of state would not spend this period in prison, but in a special rehabilitation clinic in which elderly criminals are serving their sentences.

Interethnic conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan erupted in February 2003 between the country’s central government, the Janjaweed Arab pro-government militia, and local Negroid rebels.  According to the UN, about 300 thousand people became victims of this confrontation.See more about Arab News Latest, Arab Politics News.

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