An International Criminal Court (ICC) delegation led by prosecutor Fatou Bensouda arrived in Sudan on Saturday afternoon and were welcomed at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum before holding a meeting with Sudanese minister of justice Nasredeen Abdulbari and making a statement.
The ICC delegation's trip to Sudan is aimed at cooperating with local authorities to be able to bring those to trial who are wanted for war crimes and genocide during Sudan's Darfur conflict.
The purpose of the visit, which I call very historic, is really to come and discuss with the authorities with regards to the ICC cases in Darfur. We started the discussion, we're talking about the issue of complementarity. But also we want to seek the cooperation of the authorities to be able to collect our case, which is already starting, of [Sudanese interior and defense minister] Mr. Abdel-Rahim. And to get as much information and evidence as possible in a very short time,» explained Bensouda during a press conference after the meeting with Abdulbari.
The conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region broke out in 2003 when rebels from the central and sub-Saharan African community launched an insurgency, citing oppression from the Arab-dominated government as the reason for the attacks.
Al-Bashir’s government responded with a aerial bombings as well as unleashing militias known as Janjaweed, who have been accused of killings and rapes.
Up to 300,000 are thought to have died and 2.7 million were displaced. Former president Omar Al-Bashir has been charged by the ICC with war crimes and genocide.