Sudan to extradite ex-President al-Bashir, many others to ICC

Omar Al-Bashir

Omar Al-Bashir

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Sudan on Wednesday said it would extradite war criminals including former President Omar al-Bashir wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This list also includes former Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi and many others.

According to the state news agency Suna, the aim was to bring justice for the victims of the war in Darfur.

Al-Mahdi said a draft law to this effect had already been approved, but needs to be ratified by the Council of Ministers.

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According to UN figures, 300,000 people died in a civil war in the Darfur region between 2003 and 2006, while nearly two million people fled violence.

The UN Security Council requested an investigation from the ICC into Darfur in 2005.

Three years later, the court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir, who was accused of genocide, without being able to hold him accountable so far.

Al-Bashir is currently in custody in Sudan for corruption and killing demonstrators.

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