Panafrican News Agency

Hamdouk says ICC Prosecutor's visit testimony to reform in Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA)- Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr Abdallah Hamdouk on Sunday said the visit by the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Binsouda, was not only a historic event in Sudan but  also a testimony of the changes that are taking place in the country.

“This historical visit is a testimony of the total reform of the new Sudan,” Hamdouk tweeted after receiving Ms. Bensouda at his office in Khartoum.

Binsouda and a high level delegation arrived in Khartoum on Saturday and started a  series of meetings on Sunday with the Minister for Justice and members of the Transitional Sovereign Council, the collective Presidency in Khartoum.

The Prime Minister said he welcomed Ms. Binsouda describing her visit as a historic event that reflected the change that has taken place in the Sudan.

“This visit is a testimony of the total reform of Sudan,” said Hamdouk , adding that his government's commitment to achieving justice was “not only an international one, but a direct response to deliver on the slogans of the December revolution.”

Although Sudan is not a State Party to the Rome Statute establishing the ICC, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) referred the situation in Darfur to the Court  in Resolution 1593 (2005) on 31 March 2005.

The ICC may exercise its jurisdiction over crimes listed in the Rome Statute committed on the territory of Darfur, Sudan, or by its nationals from 1 July 2002.

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