Sudanese Military says it Won't release President al-Bashir to ICC

Sudanese Military says it Won't release President al-Bashir to ICC

The new military council is headed by Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf who was previously regarded as being well placed to succeed Mr Bashir.

The developments point to the sensitivity of the case of the Darfur conflict for the military council that has taken power after removing and arresting al-Bashir amid mounting protests against his 30-year rule.

"There was no difference between last night and previous days and nights for us", said one protester who gave his name as Abu Obeida.

Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, April 12, 2019.

What followed was a series of protests by human activists groups.

"We are committed to our demands that we submitted to the army", he said.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says two years of potential military rule in Sudan "is not the answer" for "real change" in the country.

The Sudanese army will not extradite deposed President Omar al-Bashir but will put him on trial at home, the military said Friday as it defended its seizure of power after ousting the longtime ruler.

Since the appointment of Ibn Ouf as military council chief, the protesters had turned their anger against him.

Naidoo however urged Sudan's military authorities to ensure that emergency laws are not used to undermine people's rights.

Witnesses said the entire area reverberated with the sound of singing.

Sudan Military Council has revealed that it will not handover ousted President Oman Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He oversaw the deployment of Sudanese troops in Yemen and had previously served as the commander of the army's ground forces.

Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi, chairman of the Joint Staff Command, was sworn in as deputy chairman of the council. He said the military would only appoint the defence and interior ministers in any transitional government and would not interfere.

"Terrorist groups in Sudan may harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings and kidnappings", said the department. They are calling for a new and civilian-led government.

He said the council was also imposing a 10pm (2000 GMT) to 4:00am (0200) GMT curfew.

Protesters who were initially jubilant over word of the coup reacted by saying they will not end their almost week-long sit-in outside the military's headquarters in central Khartoum until a civilian transition government is formed.

"We have no ambition to hold the reins of power". "We will not dictate anything to the people". Algeria's protest movement has been overwhelmingly peaceful and driven by young people frustrated with corruption and unemployment and who want a new generation of leaders to replace people like Bouteflika, ailing and hobbled since a 2013 stroke.

The council said it did not invite Bashir's National Congress Party to join the dialogue because "it is responsible for what happened".

But his apology fell on deaf ears among the protesters, who had repeatedly defied bullets and tear gas to keep up their sit-in before the army stepped in.

Ibn Auf said on Thursday that Bashir was being detained in a "safe place". Sudanese sources told Reuters that Bashir was at the presidential residence under "heavy guard".

Speaking at a press conference in Khartoum that was broadcast on state TV and flanked by other officers also in uniform, he left open the possibility that a future civilian government in Sudan could extradite al-Bashir to the court in The Hague, Netherlands.

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