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US welcomes Sudan's decision to hand ex-president Bashir to ICC

Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir (C) appears during his trial along with others over the 1989 military coup that brought them to power, at Special court established at the Officer Training Institute in the capital Khartoum on 2 February 2021. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]
Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir (C) appears during his trial along with others over the 1989 military coup that brought them to power, at Special court established at the Officer Training Institute in the capital Khartoum on 2 February 2021. [Mahmoud Hjaj - Anadolu Agency]

The United States yesterday welcomed Sudan's decision to hand over ousted President Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters that America welcomes the Sudanese decision, adding that it would be a major step for Khartoum in the war against decades of impunity.

Earlier yesterday, Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi announced that the cabinet had decided to send Al-Bashir and two of his aides to the ICC. The former officials are accused of committing war crimes in Sudan's western Darfur region.

Al-Mahdi made the remarks during a meeting with ICC Prosecutor, Karim Assad Khan, who is visiting Sudan, SUNA said.

The minister stressed her country's full cooperation with the ICC "to achieve justice for the Darfur war victims".

Following weeks of protests, on 11 April 2019, the Sudanese army ousted Al-Bashir from power. He had ruled the country since 1989.

READ: Sudan recovers assets worth millions from ex-president 

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