Bensouda: ICC will continue to demand handing over of wanted persons
El Fasher, May 30 (SUNA) – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, has said that accused Ali Kushayb is considered as the first person to appear before the court for trial for crimes committed in Darfur but he would not be the last.
Bensouda added in a meeting she held today in El Fasher with the Wali (Governor) of North Darfur State, Mohamed Hassan Arabi, in the presence of members of the government and the security committee of the state and the head of the state judiciary at the beginning of the program of her two-day visit to Darfur states that the ICC would continue to demand the government of Sudan to hand over all those wanted by the court for crimes committed in Darfur.
Bensouda acknowledged the existence of good cooperation between the ICC and the Government of Sudan that came after the political change, affirming the court’s determination to continue that cooperation in order to achieve justice.
Bensouda touched on what she described as difficulties that the court faced in its pursuit of justice for the families of the victims in Darfur, which she said has reached the extent that some bodies had recommended to leave the whole matter, indicating that this situation was reflected in the court’s failure to obtain the necessary support to pursue the case of justice in Darfur.
The ICC Prosecutor went on to say that but she and the team working with her were in a strong belief that justice would one day be achieved, and they had the determination to achieve this so that those who committed those crimes receive their fair punishment.
Bensouda added that her arrival in Darfur today was like a dream came true, especially since it came 16 years after the UN Security Council had referred the Darfur case to the International Criminal Court.
The ICC Prosecutor expressed thanks to the families of the victims who gave the court their support and confidence, which she said had it not been for them, the case would not have been reached these stages.
Meanwhile, the Governor of North Darfur State welcomed the visit of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to the state, expressing full appreciation for the efforts made by the court to achieve justice in Sudan and Darfur.
During the meeting, Arabi affirmed that the state’s government strongly supports the appearance of those accused of committing war crimes in Darfur before the ICC, considering that the court represents one of the mechanisms for achieving international, national and local justice, referring to what was stipulated in the peace agreement signed between the transitional government and the armed struggle movements in Juba, which approved a role for the ICC in achieving justice in Darfur.
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