Former Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is set to face the International Criminal Court (ICC)
Top sources in Sudan have indicated that former President Omar al-Bashir is set to face the International Criminal Court (ICC) over allegations of mistreatment of locals during his reign as president including mass killings in Darfur and war crimes.
Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising. Since his ouster in April 2019, he together with three of his former aides have been wanted by ICC on charges of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes in Sudan’s western region during a brutal conflict from 2003.
Omar al-Bashir who is currently being held at a prison in Khartoum was this week released by his country Sudan to go and face Hague based ICC and three of his former aides including Ahmed Haroon, Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussain and Ali Kushied are also wanted by ICC.
ICC implied that during the Darfur conflict, rebels among the territory’s ethnic Central African community launched an insurgency in 2003, complaining of discrimination and oppression by the Arab-dominated Khartoum government.
Besides, the government responded with a scorched earth assault of aerial bombings and unleashed the Janjaweed. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million driven from their homes.
However about a statement from the ruling sovereign council, all those called upon to go and face the court must go and seek their judging.
“First, all those who have been indicted by ICC should appear before the ICC, second, a special court be set up to investigate crimes committed in Darfur,’’ Mohamed Hassan Al-Taishay, a member of the ruling sovereign council quoted. His remarks came as a government delegation andTweet
Al-Taishay said that the talks revolved on achieving justice and reconciliation in Darfur, where the United Nations says about 300,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the conflict erupted.
The conflict in Darfur, the size of France, erupted when ethnic minority African rebels took up arms against Bashir’s then Arab-dominated government, accusing it of marginalising the region economically and politically.
Who is Omar al-Bashir?
Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir is a Sudanese politician who served as the seventh President of Sudan from 1989 to 2019. He was born on 1st January 1944.
His 30-year dictatorship was marked by oppression, genocide and human rights abuses and was subsequently convicted on multiple corruption charges.
By John Dalton Kigozi