Sudan military council says it will not extradite Bashir to ICC

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FILE PHOTO: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down after thirty years in power. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo
Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, head of Military Transitional Council and military’s chief of staff, Lieutenant General Kamal Abdul Murof Al-mahi shake hands after being sworn as leaders of Military Transitional Council in Sudan in this still image taken from video on April 11, 2019. Sudan TV/ReutersTV.

Sudan’s military council says it will not hand over Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court.

Bashir is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide and war crimes committed in Darfur between 2003 and 2008.

“We will not deliver the President abroad during our period,” the head of the military council’s political committee, Lieutenant-General Omar Zain al-Abdin told journalists.

Amnesty International called on Sudanese authorities to hand over al-Bashir and three others over to the ICC to face justice.

“We must not forget that justice is long overdue. Omar al-Bashir is wanted for some of the most odious human rights violations of our generation, and we need to finally see him held accountable,” Amnesty said on its website.

The first warrant for arrest for Omar al-Bashir was issued on March 4 2009 and the second one on July 12 2010.

A number of countries have since been accused of failing to arrest al-Bashir despite the arrest warrants. Some of the countries include South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kenya.

Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power by the military following months of civilian protests against his 30-year rule.

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