Sudan’s transitional government has agreed to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he will face charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role in the Darfur conflict and genocide, which led to the death of an estimated 300,000 people. The decision emerged from a peace meeting between Sudanese authorities and rebel groups from West Darfur.
The Sudanese delegation agreed that all parties requested by the ICC should be handed over for trial, not only al-Bashir. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the general who heads the Transitional Military Council (TMC), had suggested transferring al-Bashir in a prior meeting in December. But there is no guarantee the transfer will go through: the generals of the TMC could revoke the agreement at any time and any transfer of government officials would come as part of a broader peace deal, which is still months away on the most optimistic of timelines for peace talks.