ICC prosecutor asks Sudan to hand over key suspects

Africa

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor has asked Sudan to hand over a key suspect accused of war crimes and genocide in Darfur.

Fatou Bensouda made the call to the authorities to give up Ahmed Haroun, a key ally of ousted President Omar al-Bashir, to face trial along with a former militia leader accused of similar crimes.

The former Janjaweed Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, handed himself over to the court last year.

Bensouda, who spoke in Khartoum after conducting a visit to Darfur, noted the confirmation of charges against Ali Kushayb last week, adding that they “were against both himself and Ahmed Haroun” and should be tried together.

The conflict in Darfur began back in 2003 when armed groups there rebelled against the government, saying their region was neglected.

In response, Khartoum armed Arabic nomad herders, who became known as the notorious Janjaweed, and paying them to brutally suppress the uprising.

The violence led to the deaths of 300,000 people and displaced mor than two million, according to the UN.

On Wednesday, Bensouda said the ICC had held “positive” talks regarding the transfer of the former president, who is being held in prison in Khartoum, to face trial for changes including genocide.

 

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