The Sudanese Military Council on Friday assured that Omar al-Bashir, “currently in detention”, would not be “delivered abroad”, while the deposed president is subject to an arrest warrant from the Criminal Court in The Hague.
“As a military council, we will not deliver the president abroad during our period in power,” said General Omar Zinelabidine, answering journalists’ questions during a press conference in Khartoum. He had previously confirmed that Omar al-Bashir, dismissed on Thursday, was “currently in detention”.
After weeks of demonstrations calling for his departure, Omar al-Bashir, who had led Sudan with an iron fist since 1989, was overthrown on Thursday by an army coup that set up a “Council of military transition “for two years.
Since then, human rights NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have called on the new authorities to be handed over to international justice to provide justice for the victims of Darfur. The former Sudanese president has been accused of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity for the conflict in this region of Sudan that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced.