World Bashir ally would prefer ICC to Sudan court for Darfur trial
French protesters demand trial for Jewish woman's killer
PARIS (AP) — Protesters in Paris and other French cities on Sunday denounced a ruling by France’s highest court that the killer of Jewish woman Sarah Halimi was not criminally responsible and therefore could not go on trial. Thousands of people filled Trocadero Plaza in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower, answering a call by Jewish associations and groups fighting antisemitism who say that justice has not been done. Other protests took place in Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and elsewhere. The announcement that the killer would not be sent to trial sparked outrage among the French and international Jewish community.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - One of the key people accused of war crimes and genocide in Darfur in the early 2000s said on Tuesday he would prefer to be tried in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) rather than what he said were biased Sudanese courts.
Ousted President Omar al-Bashir has for years resisted the ICC warrants against him and four close allies over the conflict in Sudan's western region that killed an estimated 300,000 people and drove 2.5 million from their homes.
Shrugging off economic woes, Sudanese share Ramadan meal
As night falls in Sudan, villagers rush to pull over travellers with a friendly roadblock of hospitality celebrating Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan, traditions enduring despite dire economic troubles. Rugs are rolled out on the roadside verge in an impromptu al fresco dining room to celebrate iftar, the fast-breaking evening meal to mark the end of a baking hot day without either a mouthful of food or a drop to drink. "This is a customRugs are rolled out on the roadside verge in an impromptu al fresco dining room to celebrate iftar, the fast-breaking evening meal to mark the end of a baking hot day without either a mouthful of food or a drop to drink.
They face charges at The Hague of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for atrocities committed by pro-government forces in Darfur beginning in 2002.
"An authority with this kind of miserable performance will not be able or willing to carry out justice," one of the four allies, Ahmed Haroun, said in a statement verified by his family, referring to Sudanese courts.
"... And so I state with full confidence that it is better for my case to be argued, if there is a case worth arguing, in front of the International Criminal Court."
Another of Bashir's allies, Ali Kushayb, surrendered to the ICC in the Central African Republic in June.
The ICC issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010 accusing him of masterminding atrocities in his campaign to crush a revolt in Darfur region.
Sudan's basic income scheme aims to ease economic pain
Sudan's basic income scheme aims to ease economic pain KHARTOUM (Reuters) - For Intisar Altayib, who ekes out a living drawing henna tattoos in Khartoum, soaring prices in Sudan mean running up tabs at local stores and cutting back on evening feasts during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. She is one of millions struggling through an economic crisis that has deepened as Sudan tries to emerge from decades of isolation and conflict. Inflation has risen to more than 340% and there are shortages of everything from power to medicines.
Sudan's transitional government, formed after an uprising that removed Bashir and sent him, Haroun, and several others to jail in April 2019, has said it will cooperate with the ICC and ICC officials have visited Sudan.
But it is not yet clear whether the defendants will be sent to The Hague or tried inside Sudan.
There was no immediate statement from Sudan's public prosecutor.
In his statement, Haroun said that he refused to testify as part of a Sudanese investigation into the Darfur conflict, complaining that he had been detained indefinitely and that many judges and prosecutors had been removed by the transitional government.
While he described the ICC prosecution as politicised, Haroun said he felt he would be more likely to receive a fair trial in The Hague.
(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Nick Macfie)
UN seeks proposals to end force on Sudan-South Sudan border .
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the mandate of the nearly 3,700-strong peacekeeping force in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border until Nov. 15. It also asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to provide recommendations for reconfiguring and ending the mission, although Guterres informed the council early last month that he couldn’t provide such options because of differences between the two countries.Both Sudan and South Sudan claim ownership of the oil-rich Abyei area.