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Al-Bashir’s trial at the ICC will be a victory for the popular revolution

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20.02.2020

Will Sudan’s ousted President Omar Al-Bashir be the first from the Arab world to be tried at the International Criminal Court in The Hague? If it takes place, his trial will be a lesson to many officials in the Arab region who now fear that the day will come when they are also brought before the same court. Al-Bashir’s trial will not only ensure that justice is served to those who were harmed by his rule, but also put an end to the decades during which criminals across the Middle East have been able to act with impunity. Such individuals are in the highest positions in their respective countries.

The Sudanese transitional government announced suddenly its intention to hand over the ousted president and all of his wanted men to the ICC on charges of war crimes. The military officers in the Sovereignty Council, which is leading the transitional phase in Sudan, did not oppose the decision, at least not openly.

This news, in and of itself, is a big step that means a great deal to those who lived through the horrors of the devastating wars that Al-Bashir imposed on the Sudanese people for three decades. Until recently it would have been a fantasy, especially in light of the violent response to the arrest warrant for Al-Bashir issued in 2009, which his........

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