Breaking: Military Council Says It Will Not Extradite Bashir, May Try Him In Sudan

Sudan’s transitional military council will not extradite ousted president Omar al-Bashir but he could be tried in Sudan, the head of the council’s political committee said on Friday.

“We, as a military council in our term, will not hand the president over abroad. We may try him, but we will not hand him over,” said Omar Zeinalabdin.

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Bashir for alleged war crimes.

Mr Bashir, one of the world’s longest-serving leaders until he was ousted on Thursday, is now in custody.

His downfall followed months of unrest which began in December over the rising cost of living. At least 38 people have died in the protests.

The army has said it will oversee a transitional period followed by elections. As part of this, it is imposing a three-month state of emergency, with the constitution suspended.

The military council will be in place for a maximum of two years, it says, but could last only a month if the transition to civilian rule is managed smoothly.

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The Newyork Times

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