South Sudan to hand over Omar al-Bashir to ICC

South Sudan is ready to hand over Omar al-Bashir their ex-president to International Criminal Court (ICC) to face genocide and war crimes against humanity charges.

In 2003, Bashir was accused of serious crimes against humanity and genocide conflicts that broke out in Darfur that led to the death of about 300,000 citizens and non- citizens. Earlier this week authorities communicated that the former president, and others will be handed over and charged by the ICC.

The commitment came after peace talks between Sudan’s government and rebel groups from the Darfur region.

“Justice cannot be achieved if we don’t heal the wounds,” said Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a spokesman for the Sudanese government.

Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi

When asked if supporters of the ousted president would accept this decision, Mr Taishi replied that no one was above the law.

“We are doing what the Sudanese people asked us to do,” he added.

Mr Taishi stressed that he was expressing the view of the government, which includes powerful generals in the military, and not his personal view. Mr Taishi is a civilian member of Sudan’s sovereign council, the body overseeing the country’s transition to democracy.

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