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Clooney says Bashir toppling not enough for Sudan

AFP  |  Washington 

and activist said Thursday that the fall of Sudan's veteran strongman was not enough and called for the dismantling of the military-led system.

The Hollywood heartthrob, who has been arrested protesting against Sudan's campaign in that the described as genocide, called for to be extradited and prosecuted for war crimes by the

"The people of have been waiting for this day for a long time, but it is only a tentative first step towards real change," said in a joint statement with John Prendergast, the with whom the founded The Sentry Project, which researches illicit money and war crimes in

The two said that Awad Ibnouf, who announced Bashir's detention and declared two years of military rule, was just as deeply involved in the bloody, racially tinged war in

"Removing the of a violent, corrupt system without dismantling that system is inadequate," they said.

"The next steps are crucial. The international community must provide all possible support to ensure that the transition is a negotiated and inclusive one, and that the next of reflects the will of its people," they said.

Bashir, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, was one of Africa's longest-serving leaders but has faced months of mounting protests, triggered initially by a hike in the price of bread.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 22:50 IST