The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday for talks with senior government officials over war crimes committed by former President Omar al Bashir in the restive region of Darfur.
While in Khartoum, Bensouda will hold talks with the transitional government officials on ways to bring justice for the victims of crimes committed in Darfur by the former regime of Omar al-Bashir who is indicted with other officials of genocide crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok reassured the prosecutor that his government is going to cooperate with the ICC in regards to the issue.
The visiting delegation will discuss cooperation between Sudan and the International Criminal Court regarding the former officials wanted by the court for Darfur war crimes, further said the statement without naming them.
Bensouda told the Security Council in June 2019 that all ICC Darfur suspects must be brought to justice through genuine proceedings either in a courtroom in Sudan or at the Court in The Hague.
“I reiterate that I welcome dialogue with the Government of Sudan, while reassuring victims of the atrocity crimes committed in Darfur of my steadfast commitment to ensuring that those responsible for atrocities in Darfur ultimately face justice,” she said.
The ICC has already issued arrest warrants for three officials including Al-Bashir, former interior minister Abdel Raheem Mohamed Hussein, and his deputy Ahmed Haroun. The three are in detention in Khartoum.
Militia leader Ali Kushayb’s case has been deferred to June 2021 because the court needs more time to conduct further investigations.