Sudan to Send Former President al-Bashir for Trial at the Hague for Genocide

CAIRO—A top Sudanese official said Tuesday the countrys transitional authorities and rebel groups have agreed to hand over former autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, including mass killings in Darfur.

Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict. Since his ouster in April, he has been in jail in Sudans capital, Khartoum, on charges of corruption and killing protesters.

Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a member of the Sovereign Council and a government negotiator, said the council agreed with rebel groups in Darfur to hand over those wanted by the International Criminal Court to face justice in The Hague. He didnt mention al-Bashir by name.

Al-Taishi did not say when they would transfer al-Bashir and others wanted by the ICC, and the transitional administration would need to ratify the ICCs Rome Statute to allow for the transfer the former president to The Hague.

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Sudans former president Omar Hassan al-Bashir smiles as he is seen inside a cage at the courthouse where he is facing corruption charges, in Khartoum, Sudan on Aug. 31, 2019. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)

He spoke in a news conference in South Sudans capital, Juba, where the government and rebels hold talks to end the countrys decades-long civil war.

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