The Sudanese will hand over its former president Omar al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This comes after a cabinet's decision was reached to hand over wanted criminals to the ICC.

According to Sudan’s Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi, Bashir alongside other officials are wanted over the Darfur conflict.

Mariam al-Mahdi. PHOTO/COURTESY

The autocrat Bashir was in power for three decades and ruled with an iron fist was deposed by Sudanese Armed Forces amid popular protests and civil uprisings on April 11, 2019.

He was immediately placed under house arrest until April 17, 2019, when he was charged with inciting and participating in the killing of protestors. 

He was also tried and convicted for money laundering and corruption. Bashir was later sentenced to two years of imprisonment.

Omar al-Bashir. PHOTO/COURTESY

He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.

According to the United Nations (UN), about 300,000 people were killed as 2.5 million others were displaced during a conflict that occurred in the western region in 2003.

A war broke out in Darfur in 2003 when non-Arab rebels were up in arms protesting the systematic discrimination by Bashir’s government that was Arab dominated.


The ICC issued Bashir’s warrant of arrest back in 2009.

Judges at the ICC said he would be the first suspect to be on trial over the Darfur conflict facing 31 counts that include rape, torture and murder.

Sudan’s decision to hand him over to the ICC came following ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan’s visit to the Sudan republic.