İrem UZUN -TDO- Sudan has suggested it is prepared to hand over the former dictator Omar al-Bashir to the international criminal court in The Hague to face trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. On Tuesday, the transitional government that succeeded Bashir and rebel groups in Darfur that had opposed him agreed that all five Sudanese suspects wanted by the International Criminal Court over Darfur should face justice.
The exact details of how and when the ex-president might be handed over are unclear, and apparently depend on a comprehensive peace deal between authorities and rebels. There are also doubts about the support of Sudan’s powerful military for such a move.
Bashir has been in prison in Khartoum since being forced from power in April, when security forces withdrew their support for his repressive regime after months of protests. He is accused of serious crimes in a conflict that broke out in Darfur in 2003 and led to the deaths of 300,000.
Since August, Sudan has been ruled by a government and an 11-member sovereign council, which includes pro-democracy campaigners and senior soldiers. These transitional authorities are due to hold power for just over three years until elections are held. The decision to send “those who face arrest warrants” – a small number of alleged offenders including Bashir – to The Hague was made during peace talks between Khartoum and rebel groups in Darfur.