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Sudan to hand over Omar al-Bashir to ICC - reports

The former president faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict that broke out in the country's Darfur region in 2003.

FILE: Sudan's deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir sits in a defendant's cage during his corruption trial in Khartoum on 24 August 2019. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Sudan's rulers are to hand over former President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to reports.

The former president faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict that broke out in the country's Darfur region in 2003.

The United Nations said that around 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million were displaced in the war.

The BBC reports that prosecutors in Sudan have also charged him with the killing of protesters during the demonstrations that led to him being ousted as president in April last year.

Sudan’s government and rebel groups in the troubled Darfur region agreed in peace talks in Juba on the appearance of those wanted by the ICC before the tribunal, Information Minister Faisal Saleh told Reuters on Tuesday.

Al-Bashir, who was toppled after mass protests last year, is wanted by the ICC, but the minister did not specifically name him, according to Reuters.

The government and the rebel groups agreed during a meeting in South Sudan’s capital on four mechanisms including “the appearance of those who face arrest warrants before the International Criminal Court”, said Mohamed al-Hassan al-Taishi, a member of Sudan’s sovereign council in a statement.

The conflict spread in Darfur in 2003 after mostly non-Arab rebels rose up against Khartoum. Government forces and mainly Arab militia mobilised to suppress the revolt were accused of widespread atrocities.

West Darfur had been largely calm since 2010, though there have been occasional skirmishes over the past three years.

Violence in the West Darfur region in January has killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 50, as well as displacing thousands, an international peacekeeping mission said.