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Draft law to join the International Criminal Court approved

On Tuesday 3 August, the Council of Ministers approved a draft law on Sudan's accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said, in a tweet on Twitter, that the Council unanimously approved the project, provided that a joint meeting with the Sovereignty Council be held for final approval, given that the two councils (the ministers and the sovereignty) are entrusted with approving legislation until the Transitional Legislative Council is established.

Sudan's accession to the ICC paves the way for the extradition of ousted President Omar al-Bashir and some of the previous regime's associates who stand accused of committing war crimes and genocide in the Darfur region.