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ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council that the transfer of Ali Kushayb to the Court is a “pivotal development in the Darfur situation, especially for those victims who have waited so long for justice.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior

10 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiple screens, participants
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“This is a pivotal development in the Darfur situation, especially for those victims who have waited so long for justice. I hope that the suspect’s transfer to the Court also sends a clear and unequivocal message that no matter how long it takes or the obstacles placed in our path, my Office will not stop until the alleged perpetrators of Rome Statute crimes are brought to justice.”
4. Multiple screens, participants
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“I remain hopeful that a new chapter of constructive ICC-Sudan engagement, rooted in mutual respect and a genuine commitment to bringing justice for the victims of heinous crimes committed in Darfur, may be on the horizon. Dialogue between my Office and the Government of Sudan is imperative.”
6. Multiple screens, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“Justice for Darfur has already been too elusive for too long. It is past time for that unsatisfactory state of affairs to change. A window of opportunity has been opened. We must collectively seize it. Let us act together to finally bring justice to the victims in Darfur.”
8. Multiple screens, participants
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the United Nations:
“Al-Bashir, and those implicated in Darfur crimes – I repeat, Al-Bashir, and those implicated in Darfur crimes – will face justice and be tried accordingly.”
10. Multiple screens, participants
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the United Nations:
“Mr. Kushayb is a Sudanese citizen. We hope he will be afforded a fair trial, and full respect for the due process rights of the suspect. Definitely, his trial will indeed be a remedy to the victims.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

12. Close up, flag outside United Nations headquarters exterior

STORYLINE:

ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council that the transfer of Ali Kushayb to the Court is a “pivotal development in the Darfur situation, especially for those victims who have waited so long for justice.”

Kushayb had surrendered himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic on account of an ICC arrest warrant issued on 27 April 2007 and was transferred yesterday to the Court. He is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Sudan’s Darfur.

Speaking today (10 Jun) at a virtual meeting of the Security Council, Bensouda said Kushayb’s transfer “also sends a clear and unequivocal message that no matter how long it takes or the obstacles placed in our path, my Office will not stop until the alleged perpetrators of Rome Statute crimes are brought to justice.”

She stressed that her Office’s commitment to the victims in the Darfur situation remains unwavering, stressing her conviction in the importance of fighting impunity for atrocity crimes.

Bensouda said all ICC suspects against whom arrest warrants have been issued must face justice and called on Abdallah Banda and all other ICC suspects who are at large, to follow Kushayb’s lead and surrender to the ICC.

The Chief Prosecutor expressed her encouragement by the ongoing peace talks between the Sudanese Government and Darfur rebel groups in the South Sudanese capital Juba and noted media reports indicating that an agreement has been reached that justice in Darfur requires the appearance of those against whom arrest warrants were issued by the ICC. She added that to date, the Court had not received any official communication in this regard.

SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC):
“I remain hopeful that a new chapter of constructive ICC-Sudan engagement, rooted in mutual respect and a genuine commitment to bringing justice for the victims of heinous crimes committed in Darfur, may be on the horizon. Dialogue between my Office and the Government of Sudan is imperative.”

Bensouda said Sudan remains under an international legal duty to surrender all the suspects subject to an ICC arrest warrant to the Court without delay. She said, 17 years after many of the crimes occurred in Darfur, it was time for the Sudanese Government to cooperate with her Office, adding that Kushayb’s surrender to the Court further highlights the importance of this cooperation.

Bensouda added, “Justice for Darfur has already been too elusive for too long. It is past time for that unsatisfactory state of affairs to change. A window of opportunity has been opened. We must collectively seize it. Let us act together to finally bring justice to the victims in Darfur.”

Sudanese ambassador Omer Siddig said the December 2018 revolution in Sudan which ousted former President Omar Al-Bashir created a new political reality that will create a system entrenched in freedom, justice and the rule of law, adding that justice remains a primary goal of that revolution.

He emphasized the professionalism, independence and competence of the Sudanese judiciary and its ability to achieve justice in accordance to national laws, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law.

Siddig noted that Al-Bashir was currently serving a two-year sentence for corruption and charges of undermining democracy are pending against him and other former officials. He added, “Al-Bashir, and those implicated in Darfur crimes – I repeat, Al-Bashir, and those implicated in Darfur crimes – will face justice and be tried accordingly.”

The Sudanese ambassador said a lasting peace agreement would be signed on June 20, 2020. He said the transitional Government opened a new page based on cooperation with the international community.

Siddig noted that Ali Kushayb is a Sudanese citizen and hoped that he would be “afforded a fair trial, and full respect for the due process rights of the suspect.” He added, “Definitely, his trial will indeed be a remedy to the victims.”

The Sudanese ambassador reaffirmed that issues of combating impunity and achieving justice falls primarily in the realm of the responsibilities of the Sudanese judiciary.
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