The Sudanese government will hand ex-President
Omar al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) along with other officials wanted over war crimes in the Darfur Conflict.
According to the United Nations, 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million displaced in the Darfur conflict, which erupted in the vast western region in 2003. Al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan with an iron fist for 30 years before being deposed amid popular protests in 2019, is behind bars in Khartoum’s high-security Kober prison.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was visited by ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan, on Wednesday said “Sudan’s commitment to seek justice is not only to abide by its international commitments, but it comes out of a response to the people’s demands”.
ICC judges said in July he would be the first suspect to be tried over the Darfur conflict, facing 31 counts including murder, rape and torture.