Sudan’s Former Leader May Face ICC for The Darfur Genocide

SUDAN’S joint military-civilian council has indicated that former leader Omar al-Bashir finally could appear before the International Criminal Court – ICC, to charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for his role in the genocide in the Darfur region that began in 2003.

Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a civilian member of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, said Tuesday that the council had “agreed that everyone who had arrest warrants issued against them would appear before the ICC.

The announcement came during peace talks in Juba, South Sudan, between the council and rebel groups in Darfur.

Al-Taishi did not mention al-Bashir directly, but his is the name everyone had in mind.

In April 2019, al-Bashir was ousted in a coup after months of intense protests. The military took over, but protests continued until July, when the civilian leadership and the military came to a power-sharing deal that vested power in an 11-person sovereign council, which would first be led by a military official, then a civilian leader, until elections could be held in 2022.

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