The attorney general of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, came to Sudan last Saturday for a week-long visit, during which she will meet for the last time with the communities affected by the 2003 genocide in Darfur.
The visit comes after Bensouda announced last Monday his intention to officially charge Janjawid commander Ali Kushayb with 31 charges of torture, rape and murder of civilians between August 2003 and April 2004 in West Darfur were committed.
This will also be Bensouda’s last visit to the country, as the outgoing ICC attorney general bid farewell to the survivors to express his support for the times ahead on behalf of the court, reports the Sudan Tribune. Bensouda will be replaced by the British Karim Khan, who will take over the ICC Public Prosecutor’s Office on June 16 for a term of 9 years.
Bensouda has already held his first meeting with Darfur Governor Minni Minnawi, who in turn stressed the need to hand over to the ICC another of the big names involved in the Darfur genocide, former Interior Minister Ahmed Haroun.
“It is important that Haroun is handed over to the ICC as the crimes Kushayb committed are closely linked to him,” Minnawi said. Haroun is believed to have provided weapons and money to the leaders of the Janjawid militia during the genocide.