Khartoum: Sudan Press
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Karim Asad Khan, arrived in Khartoum on Monday evening. The Prosecutor is accompanied by Prosecutor Julian Nichols, Adviser to the Prosecutor Thomas Lynch, and Counsel for International Cooperation in the Office of the Prosecutor, Dahiro Sant Anna.
During the visit, the Public Prosecutor discussed with officials enhancing means of cooperation on the ongoing investigation file related to Darfur. The program of the General Prosecutor of the Criminal Court also includes a meeting with diplomats and representatives of civil society organizations.
The visit of the ICC delegation comes within the framework of coordination and cooperation with the Sudanese government regarding the defendants against whom arrest warrants have been issued, and the progress it has made in the cases of Sudanese citizens that are being considered by the court.
On Wednesday, the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, met with Karim Assad Khan, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, who is visiting the country.
In a press statement, the Public Prosecutor explained that the meeting was constructive during which a fruitful discussion took place, during which the President of the Sovereignty Council affirmed his responsibility and commitment to achieving justice and was understanding of my mandate as a public prosecutor and of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution No. 1593, describing Sudan’s commitment to justice as a matter of utmost importance.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court called on Sudan and the countries of the region to support the efforts of the Prosecutor and cooperate by providing evidence and information related to the culprits.
“I think the way will be paving the way for Sudan to have a successful political transition and bring justice and prosperity to the people of Sudan,” Khan said.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister received Dr. Abdullah Hamdok, today, headed by the Council of Ministers, the delegation of the International Criminal Court headed by the Prosecutor of the Court, Mr. Karim Asad Khan.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed the government’s commitment to achieving justice as one of the slogans of the glorious December revolution, adding in this regard that “Sudan’s commitment to achieving justice is not only a matter of international obligations, but rather comes in response to popular demands for the establishment of justice and the implementation of the glorious slogans of the revolution.”
Hamdok indicated that the visit of the delegation of the Criminal Court is a testimony to the change brought about by comprehensive reform processes in the new Sudan.
Omar Gamar El-Din, Advisor to the Prime Minister for International Partnerships, said that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court spoke during his meeting with the Prime Minister about the objectives of his visit to the country, with the aim of providing justice services to victims of conflicts in Sudan.
Qamar El-Din said that the Attorney General indicated to the Prime Minister that their visit to Sudan was considered a miracle, because it was not available during the era of the former regime, and that it is a very important matter, not only for the victims of conflicts, but also to show the world and the change that occurred in Sudan, pointing out that it is not an apparent change but an institutional change.
Khan explained to the Prime Minister about the circumstances of the criminal court’s request to extradite some of the defendants, including the ousted President Omar al-Bashir, who were not extradited, pointing out that the trial of Ali Kushayb will begin soon after the court decided that there is sufficient evidence to present him for trial in some crimes.
The First Vice-President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti”, confirmed during the meeting, Sudan’s readiness to cooperate with the International Criminal Court, stressing the need to achieve justice as one of the main pillars upon which the December revolution was built.
Dagalo pointed out that the Juba Agreement for the Peace of Sudan approved the appearance of the wanted persons before the Criminal Court, pointing out that it is up to the judicial authorities on how to try them.
Khan briefed the First Deputy on the meetings he held with Sudanese officials, pointing out the importance of Sudan’s cooperation with the Criminal Court.
Khan’s first meeting in Khartoum was with the Minister of Justice, Dr. Nasreddin Abdel Bari, who said that his meeting with the Prosecutor is a continuation of previous meetings that took place within the framework of cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the International Criminal Court.
The Minister of Justice affirmed the transitional government’s interest in achieving justice in Sudan and working with the International Criminal Court to achieve justice for the victims of the war in Darfur.
During the meeting, the Public Prosecutor stressed the importance of taking practical steps to bring justice to the victims of the war in Darfur and to hold accountable those responsible for the international crimes committed against them.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, upon her meeting with Khan, announced a decision issued by the “Sudanese Council of Ministers to extradite the wanted persons to the International Criminal Court, in addition to the approval of the draft law on Sudan’s accession to the Rome Statute of the Court.
She stressed cooperation with the Criminal Court to achieve justice for the victims of the Darfur war, expressing the readiness of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work to facilitate its tasks.
The Sudan News Agency “SUNA” stated that the Minister of Foreign Affairs renewed Sudan’s support for the International Criminal Court and its keenness on its independence, to play its role in implementing international law.
She added that the Council will present the two matters in a joint meeting between the Sovereignty Council and the Ministers to stand on the extradition and ratification of the law.
Prosecutor General Mubarak Mahmoud agreed with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to continue joint work in order to complete all files and crown understandings by bringing the accused to justice.
The two sides discussed cooperation between the Public Prosecution Office and the Criminal Court regarding the following war crimes and symbols of the former regime wanted by international justice.
Public Prosecutor Mubarak Mahmoud Othman affirmed the Public Prosecution’s readiness to fully cooperate with the ICC in all cases, especially the case of the victims of the Darfur war, and to achieve justice for them.
The Prosecutor of the Criminal Court praised the level of cooperation that the Court finds from all Sudanese institutions, as this is his second foreign visit since he took office, which reflects the attention the Court gives to Darfur issues and the need to do justice to its victims by not impunity for the accused.
He stressed that the court relies on Sudan to make progress on issues related to the appearance of his wanted persons, and revealed the visit of a team from the court to Sudan during the next month to collect evidence related to the case of Ali Kushayb, calling for facilities to help the delegation perform its duties.