The coup authorities in Sudan are discussing arrangements for the ICC prosecutor to visit Khartoum to follow up the court’s extradition agenda, most prominently that of Omar al-Bashir’s.
A member of the putschist Sovereignty Council in Sudan confirmed Sudan’s commitment to the agreements related to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the provision of the necessary facilities in accordance with the court’s conditions and laws.
In 2009, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir, who was brought down by widespread popular protests in 2019.
The list of wanted persons in the criminal court includes officials in the government of the ousted president, led by two of al-Bashir’s aides, Abd al-Rahim Muhammad Hussein and Ahmad Harun, who have been imprisoned in Kober Prison in the Sudanese capital since 2019.
Sovereignty Council member, Malik Agar, met with a delegation from the International Criminal Court headed by Julian Samuel, Director of the Office of the Prosecutor of the Court, on Tuesday.
According to the revolutionary council’s media, the meeting discussed the visa issuance to foreigners, protection of witnesses, and the issue of cooperation and coordination between the government and the International Criminal Court in the absence of the Minister of Justice.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Assad Khan, arrived in Sudan last August and held extensive consultations with Sudanese officials to try those involved in the Darfur war.
Khan, who arrived in Khartoum on an official visit which lasted a week before the coup, had met with Minister of Justice at the time Nasr el-Din Abdel-Bari, then Minister of Foreign Affairs Maryam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, and then designated Attorney General Mubarak Mahmoud.
Wanted by the Court
In the same context, a member of the revolutionary Sovereignty Council, al-Taher Abu Bakr Hajar, met with a delegation from the International Criminal Court regarding the issue of extraditions to the International Criminal Court.
According to Sudan News Agency, the meeting dealt with arrangements for the visit of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to Sudan during the coming period and the issue of extradition to the International Criminal Court.
During the visit of Fatou Bensouda, the court’s previous prosecutor, discussions had focused on the continuation of coordination between the Government of Sudan and the International Criminal Court with regard to war crimes in Darfur, while Khartoum renewed its commitment to hand over the ousted President Omar al-Bashir and the rest of those wanted by the criminal court.
At that time, the transitional government, which took power after the overthrow of al-Bashir, announced its readiness to cooperate with the International Criminal Court.