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Sudanese Government to Hand Over Former President Omar al-Bashir to the ICC

Sudan's Sovereign Council has agreed to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face charges of genocide and war crimes.

According to the BBC, Sudan's current transitional government or Sovereign Council, has agreed to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of genocide and war crimes.

Last year, al-Bashir was forced to step down after Sudan's historic uprising which saw months of protests and pressure from the military eventually force the statesman out of office. Al-Bashir has been in prison under heavy guard in the capital of Khartoum since then.


According to Associated Press, al-Bashir is wanted largely for his role in the 2003 conflict in Darfur. He is currently facing three counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of war crimes during his thirty-year long rule over Sudan. Al-Bashir has been on the ICC's wanted list for over a decade now.

A spokesman for the Sudanese government, Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, recently spoke to Associated Press saying , "We agreed that everyone who had arrest warrants issued against them will appear before the ICC. I'm saying it very clearly." Al-Taishi added that, "We can only achieve justice if we heal the wounds with justice itself. We cannot escape from confronting that."

CNN reports that Sudan's recent decision to hand over al-Bashir to the ICC is part of an agreement they entered into with the rebel movement in Darfur.

Following last year's uprising, Sudan's—military which was in charge of the country at the time before the formation of the current Sovereign Council—announced that it would not allow al-Bashir to be extradited for his alleged crimes and that a trial would be conducted in Sudan instead.

What remains unclear at this point is an established timeline that details when exactly this is set to happen.

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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