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Surprise Deal Is Bad News for a Brutal Former Dictator

Omar al-Bashir of Sudan may be handed over to a world court to face war crimes charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2020 10:40 AM CST
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In this 2018 photo, then-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visits Ankara, Turkey.   (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

(Newser) – A surprise development in Africa means an autocrat who ruled for decades might be handed over to a world court to face war crimes charges. Coverage:

  • Who: Omar al-Bashir, 76, ruled Sudan from 1989 until his ouster last year, and he did so with an "iron fist," per the BBC.
  • Charges: For years, the International Criminal Court has sought Bashir for alleged atrocities committed against rebels and their supporters in the Darfur region of his country in 2003. The AP reports that up 300,000 people were killed and nearly 3 million driven from their homes. The ICC charged Bashir with genocide in 2009, but he has never been arrested. In all, he faces three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity, and two of war crimes.

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