The former Sudanese head of state, Omar al-Bashir, could soon be handed over to the International Criminal Court, after a request to this effect was made to the prosecutor of the court by the governor of Darfur, Minni Arko Minnawi.
On Saturday, on the sidelines of a meeting between him and the Prosecutor General of the ICC (International Criminal Court), Fatou Bensouda, the governor of Darfur, Minni Arko Minnawi, called for the surrender of deposed President Omar al-Bashir and all those accused of war crimes in the Sudanese province to the International Criminal Court.
During the meeting held in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, the governor of Darfur insisted on the need to « hand over to the International Criminal Court all those accused of crimes in the province of Darfur, including Omar al-Bashir and the former Minister of Interior, Ahmed Haroun, » the Sudanese press reported.
While Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda confirmed that « the International Criminal Court has indeed started investigating war crimes and genocide in Darfur », Governor Minnawi urged the local judiciary to « speed up the enforcement of the law on those who committed crimes in Darfur, in order to achieve the goals of the Sudanese revolution ».
Fatou Bensouda’s week-long official visit to the capital Khartoum, which began on Saturday 29 May 2021, is intended to check on the families of victims in the province. This is understandable given that more than 300 people died and more than 2 million others were displaced as a result of the 2003 conflict between the Sudanese army and rebels.
This heavy toll, established by the United Nations, led the ICC, pointing to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, to issue, between 2007 and 2012, arrest warrants against Omar al-Bashir, his then Minister of Defence, Abdelrahim Hassan, and the Minister of Interior, Ahmed Haroun.