Sudan’s Defense Minister vows not to hand over Bashir to ICC

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KHARTOUM, Sudan

Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf has vowed not to hand over former President Omar Al Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling the act as “an ugly mark on Sudan,”

He said that ouster “was not a coup” but a response to the people’s demands and promised that the former president will be tried at home.

Since 2005, Bashir has been wanted by the International Criminal Court, for war crimes, and genocide for his deadly campaign against insurgents in the western region of Darfur in Sudan. He is the first President to be declared the most “wanted” by ICC and two arrest warrants of 2009 and 2010 have been issued.

Bashir was ousted out of power on April 11, 2019 by the once loyal forces bringing an end to his three-long decade reign.

His fall comes after several months of nationwide Protests especially in the capital, Khartoum where citizens demanded for the decrease in the prices of Bread and Fuel. However, Bashir paid a deaf to the cries of his people ordering his security forces to fire at protesters killing more than 20 and leaving dozens injured and arrested. This forced the masses to call for his resignation and earing the sympathy of the army which later ousted him and put him under house arrest.

In his televised speech on national media, the Defense Minister apologized for all the injustices done under the government of Bashir and “for the killing and violence that took place.”