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Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 11, 2020, 09:36:49 PM
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Omar al-Bashir

Sudan has agreed to hand ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir and others to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, a member of Khartoum’s ruling body said Tuesday.

The Hague-based ICC has charged Bashir and three of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s western region during a brutal conflict from 2003.

“Those who have been indicted by the ICC, they have to go there,” Mohamed Hassan Al-Taishay, a member of the ruling sovereign council said, without mentioning their names.

His remarks, quoted in a statement issued by the sovereign council in Khartoum, came as a government delegation met rebel groups in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.

Taishay said the talks focused on justice and reconciliation in Darfur, where the United Nations says about 300,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the conflict erupted.

Taishay said they had agreed on several mechanisms for achieving peace in the region.

“First, all those who have been indicted by the ICC should appear before the ICC,” he said.

“Second, a special court be set up to investigate crimes committed in Darfur.”

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.

The ICC has charged Bashir with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the conflict.

It has also indicted three of his former aides, Ahmed Haroon, Abdulrahim Mohamed Hussain and Ali Kushied.

“We cannot achieve justice unless we treat the suffering of the victims because this is a truth that we can’t escape from,” Taishay said.

“In Darfur, crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed.”

Bashir has denied the charges.

Bashir was ousted by the army in a palace coup last April after months of protests against his iron-fisted rule of three decades.

He was detained following his ouster and has since been jailed on corruption charges.

Anti-Bashir protesters, residents of Darfur and rebel groups from the region have consistently demanded that the ousted ruler be handed over to the ICC.

For years before his ouster and despite the ICC indictments, Bashir had regularly visited regional countries as well as Russia and China.

Days before the protests erupted in December 2018, he visited Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, becoming the first Arab leader to do so since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

In 2018, Bashir helped broker a tentative peace deal in South Sudan after five years of intense conflict in the world’s newest country, which won independence from Khartoum in 2011.


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Re: Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes

By: dayan (M) |Time : February 11, 2020, 09:50:18 PM
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The Hague-based ICC has charged Bashir and three of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s western region during a brutal conflict from 2003.

“Those who have been indicted by the ICC, they have to go there,” Mohamed Hassan Al-Taishay, a member of the ruling sovereign council said, without mentioning their names.

... Taishay said the talks focused on justice and reconciliation in Darfur, where the United Nations says about 300,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the conflict erupted.

There is a very important angle to this case which is very similar to what is happening today in Nigeria.
That angle is the role of the Janjaweed in the ethnic cleansing and mass murder that swept through Darfur (western Sudan) during that era.

Today in Nigeria, there is an effective Janjaweed moving from state to state in Nigeria and committing ethnic cleansing and mass murder with the acquiescence of the current government. Their sponsors in government want to protect them by enacting a "hate speech" law. And these killers are NEVER arrested and when arrested are freed.

When people want to defend themselves against the Nigerian Janjaweed, they stop in fear that the army and the federal might would be unleashed on them.

And, BTW, Nigeria's death toll may have even surpassed the Sudanese toll.

What this case proves in no uncertain terms, is that ALL mass murderers will eventually face justice at the ICC.

This is important point to keep in mind, as the date for the burial of Nnamdi Kanu's parents approach.

Today is a totally different time in human history, because the world can no longer tolerate medieval actions by those in government. You kill unarmed people; you will face justice whether at home or abroad.

Also notice that Bashir had gone to Russia and China to try to save his neck. But which country wants to be stained by befriending a Janjaweed sponsor?

This lesson is to people with brains though.


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