Head of Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani with the ousted president Omar al-Bashir (File photo)

al-Mirghani rejects to extradite Omar al-Bashir to ICC

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The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani Tuesday has rejected calls to extradite ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC in the Hague issued two arrest warrants in 2009 and 2010 for al-Bashir who is indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur.

DUP leading member Ali al-Sayed on Tuesday said that his party “refuses in principle to try any Sudanese before the ICC.”, according to Sudan Tribune.

Al-Sayed who is also a lawyer added there is no longer any reason that can justify his hand over, stressing the judiciary now is independent and impartial.

“Now the judiciary has become independent and any talk about trials aborad undermines its credibility,” he said. “There is no justification for transferring anyone to the ICC, whether Omar al-Bashir or anyone else.”

He urged the political forces demanding al-Bashir’s handover to the court to review their position and to seek national reconciliation and to dedicate more time to what concerns people in these “difficult circumstances”.

The DUP was among the political groups participating in the al-Bashir’s government. Al-Mirghani’s support to al-Bashir pushed several groups in the party to break away and later took part actively in the protest movement that toppled down the former regime.

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