Ousted Omar al-Bashir must be tried at ICC - Amnesty Int'l tells Sudan

Ousted Omar al-Bashir must be tried at ICC - Amnesty Int'l tells Sudan

Sudan military council has been urged by the Amnesty International to hand over ousted President Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court in Hague for full trial on genocide and war crimes.

The London-based organisation, in reaction to Al-Bahir's inglorious exit from power in the North Africa country, also called on the Sudanese military council to hand power to civilian and create new laws that accords recognition to civil liberties, France24 reports.

Legit.ng had reported that in the wake of growing protest that lasted for over four months by thousands of Sudanese people, President Omar al-Bashir stepped down from office after 30 years of controversial ruling.

In the early hours of Thursday, April 11, Sudanese government officials confirmed the development, adding that consultations were ongoing for the formation of transition council, as the country prepared to witness a fresh power shift.

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In a statement on Friday, April 12, Amnesty International (AI) said the 75-year-old Al-Bashir should be handed over to the international court, adding that the people of Sudan should be saluted for the tough fight against oppression.

AI said: "Bashir is wanted for some of the most odious human rights violations of our generation, and we need to finally see him held accountable.

"The Sudanese authorities should now turn Bashir... over to the International Criminal Court so that the victims of these unspeakable crimes can see that justice is done.

"Sudan's military authorities should ensure that emergency laws are not used to undermine people's rights. The transitional authorities must take all necessary measures to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power in Sudan. That means respecting the rights to freedom of expression and assembly."

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Amnesty International's secretary general, Kumi Naidoo, also added in a statement: "Today's events should also serve as a wake-up call to leaders around the world who think they can get away with denying people their basic rights."

Meanwhile, the Sudan’s transitional military council had said it would not extradite ousted President Omar al-Bashir but he could be tried in Sudan.

Legit.ng reported that Omar Zeinalabdin, the head of the council’s political committee, made this known on Friday, March 12.

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