CAIRO (AP) – The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrived in Sudan on Saturday night to discuss cooperation with local authorities to bring to trial those who are wanted internationally for war crimes and genocide in the so-called Darfur conflict, the Sudanese state news agency reported.
The office of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallla Hamdok said in a statement that prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and other court officials would remain in Sudan until Wednesday. It is Bensouda’s first announced visit to Sudan.
“The ICC delegation will discuss the methods of cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the ICC regarding the suspects against whom the ICC has issued arrest warrants,” the statement read, which did not identify any of the suspects by name. suspects.
Among those wanted by the international court is former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who has been in prison in Khartoum since he was ousted last year and faces multiple trials in Sudanese courts related to his three decades of rule and the uprising that ultimately helped topple him.
The conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region erupted when rebels from the ethnic community in the center of the territory and sub-Saharan Africa launched an insurgent campaign in 2003, complaining of oppression by the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
Al-Bashir’s government responded with a scorched earth campaign with aerial bombardment and unleashed paramilitary groups known as Yanjauid, who are accused of massacres and rapes. Up to 300,000 people were killed and 2.7 million had to flee their homes.
The ICC indicted Al-Bashir, 76, of war crimes and genocide for allegedly planning the campaign of attacks in Darfur.