Sudan starts investigation into Darfur crimes

Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok (R) and Major-General Malik Tayeb Khojali (L) visit a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in El-Fasher, the capital of the North Darfur state, on November 04, 2019. - Hamdok's one-day visit was his first as prime minister to the devastated region, where a conflict that erupted in 2003 has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. He said his government was working toward bringing peace to war-torn Darfur as he met hundreds of victims of the conflict who demanded swift justice. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP) (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: (L-R) Amouna Abdelbarl Eisa Adam, survivor of the Genocide in Darfur; Safet Vukalic, survivor of the Genocide in Bosnia; Eric Eugene Murangwa, survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda; Sophari Ashley, survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia; Ladislav Balaz, Chairman of the Europe Roma Network and Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert take turns to light candles during a National Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on January 26, 2017 in London, England. The commemorative event, attended by religious leaders, heard testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust, in which millions of predominantly Jewish people were killed. National Holocaust Day on February 27 marks the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Sudan’s Attorney General Taj Al-Sir Ali Al-Hebr on Sunday announced the start of the investigation into Darfur crimes.

He said that a criminal case has also been opened against former president Omar al-Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity in Darfur.

“We have started investigation procedures on the crimes which have been committed in Darfur since 2003,” Al-Hebr said at a press conference in Khartoum.

He said that the General Prosecution has filed a criminal case against al-Bashir and former defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein besides 51 other defendants accused of committing crimes in Darfur.

Al-Bebr disclosed that the prosecution has embarked on legal procedures to bring back former chief of National Intelligence and Security Service Salah Abdallah from Egypt.

He stressed that all leaders of the former regime face criminal cases whose punishment amount to death penalty, noting that perpetrators of such crimes cannot be released on bail.

Sudan’s Darfur region has been witnessing a civil war since 2003.

On March 4, 2009, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir for allegedly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur region.

In 2010, a charge of genocide was added to the arrest warrant.