The Sudanese leadership will extradite the former President of the country Omar Al-Bashir and a number of other persons to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which incriminates the 77-year-old ex-head of state with crimes against humanity and war crimes during the conflict in Darfur in 2003, Interfax reports citing NV European media.
“The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to hand over the wanted officials of the ICC,” said Foreign Minister Maryam al-Mahdi.
Al-Bashir ruled Sudan from 1989 until he was overthrown in 2019 after months of massive popular protests. The ICC issued a warrant for his arrest in 2009, at the same time he was put on the wanted list.
In July, the ICC announced that Al-Bashir would be the first to be tried in the Darfur case. His case contains 31 counts of charges, including rape, torture and murder.
According to the UN, as a result of the conflict between rebels and government forces in Darfur from 2003 to 2006, about 300 thousand people died and 2.5 million were displaced.
Since August 2019, Sudan has been led by a transitional civil-military administration, which has pledged to restore justice to the victims of the crimes committed under al-Bashir.
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