UN / DARFUR ICC

19-Jun-2019 00:02:15
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council that “Now is the time to act” and “for the people of Sudan to choose law over impunity and ensure that the ICC suspects in the Darfur situation finally face justice in a court of law.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DARFUR ICC
TRT: 02:15
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

19 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Sudanese Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“Now is the time to act. Now is the time for the people of Sudan to choose law over impunity and ensure that the ICC suspects in the Darfur situation finally face justice in a court of law.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court:
“The circumstances have changed dramatically. The former status quo is over. Mr. Omar Al Bashir has been deposed, arrested, detained and charged with domestic offenses. Two other suspects in the Darfur situation, Messrs. Abdel Raheem Hussein and Ahmad Harun are also reportedly detained in Khartoum. Sudan remains under a legal obligation to transfer these suspects to the ICC to stand trial, unless it can demonstrate to the Judges of the International Criminal Court that it is willing and able to genuinely prosecute them for the same cases.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elsadig Ali S. Ahmed, Minister Plenipotentiary, Sudan:
“Sudan is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and as you know, the court is not an organ of the United Nations. Despite the change of the political situation in Sudan, the Court remains unchanged. It is the same in terms of statute and practice. Therefore, our position remains the same.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Elsadig Ali S. Ahmed, Minister Plenipotentiary, Sudan:
“Al Bashir will be presented to a fair trial before the national judiciary and it has been announced the trial will begin next week. This emphasises the willingness and ability of the national judiciary to achieve justice and to combat impunity.”
11. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, told the Security Council today (8 Jun) that “Now is the time to act” and “for the people of Sudan to choose law over impunity and ensure that the ICC suspects in the Darfur situation finally face justice in a court of law.”

Bensouda said “the circumstances have changed dramatically” as former President Omar Al Bashir “has been deposed, arrested, detained and charged with domestic offenses,” and two other suspects, Abdel Raheem Hussein and Ahmad Harun, “are also reportedly detained in Khartoum.”

The Chief Prosecutor said, “Sudan remains under a legal obligation to transfer these suspects to the ICC to stand trial, unless it can demonstrate to the Judges of the International Criminal Court that it is willing and able to genuinely prosecute them for the same cases.”

In his address to the Council, Sudan’s Minister Plenipotentiary, Elsadig Ali S. Ahmed, told the Council that Sudan was not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and “despite the change of the political situation in Sudan, the Court remains unchanged.”

Therefore, he said, “our position remains the same.”

The Sudanese official said, “Al Bashir will be presented to a fair trial before the national judiciary and it has been announced the trial will begin next week. This emphasises the willingness and ability of the national judiciary to achieve justice and to combat impunity.”

Warrants were issued by the Court in 2008 and 2010 for the arrest of Sudan’s President Omar
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