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Sudan to hand over Bashir to International Criminal Court

In a move welcomed by the international community, the transitional government of Sudan agreed to hand over Omar al-Bashir and his aides to the ICC in The Hague.
This AFPTV screenshot from footage aired July 21, 2020, shows Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir disembarking from a vehicle upon arriving at the courthouse to attend his trial along with 27 other co-accused, in the capital Khartoum, Sudan.

CAIRO — Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Maryam al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi said Aug. 11 that the Council of Ministers has decided to hand over the wanted persons in the Darfur file to the International Criminal Court (ICC), i.e., ousted President Omar al-Bashir and two of his aides — former Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed and former Gov. of North Kordofan Ahmed Haroun.

Ayman Salameh, a professor of public international law, explained Khartoum’s decision to extradite Bashir by saying that the ICC had exercised its jurisdiction in prosecuting Bashir, among others, based on United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 1593 issued in 2005.

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