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Bashir War Crimes Trial ‘could be held in Sudan’

Sudan’s former leader Omar al-Bashir could be tried locally on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, instead of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, according to a campaign group.

On Wednesday, Sudan’s leader Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told Human Rights Watch (HRW) that he would “co-operate fully” with the ICC as it seeks to bring Mr Bashir and others to trial.

But the country’s leadership is also said to be open to the possibility of the trials being conducted by Sudan’s judicial system, or by ICC judges moving to the country, HRW’s Mausi Segun told BBC Newsday.

Mr Bashir, who was ousted from power in April 2019 following mass protests, has always denied the allegations against him.

Ms Segun said Gen Burhan was committed to holding military officers accountable for the brutal crackdown last year on protesters who were pushing for Mr Bashir’s removal:

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