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Chad rolls red carpet for Sudanese president, says Bashir is safe from arrest

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July 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Chadian government today flatly rejected calls by rights groups to arrest visiting Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir who arrived today in Ndjamena despite an outstanding arrest warrant for him by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (2nd R) walks with First Vice President Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) as he prepares to leave for Chad, in Khartoum July 21, 2010 (Reuters)

Chad, a signatory to the Rome Statute which is the ICC’s founding treaty, has an obligation to apprehend Bashir once he entered its territory.

But senior Chadian officials made it clear this will not happen.

"Omar al-Bashir was invited to the summit in his capacity as president of a CEN-SAD member and he has nothing to worry about," said Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Mahamat said Chad was following the position of the African Union in allowing Bashir to visit, a position agreed by the regional body after the initial ICC warrant was issued.

"Everybody is working for the resolution of the Darfur crisis. It is not the moment to add other charges to complicate the situation. Our priority is peace in Sudan," Mahamat said.

The AU resolution pushed by the host Libya last year states that none of the countries in the continent shall cooperate with the ICC in arresting Bashir. Several countries including Chad said they will not abide by it because they were not given a chance to express their reservations.

The ICC issued its second arrest warrant al-Bashir just last week adding three new counts of genocide to the already existing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The interior minister stressed that his country is under no obligation to nab Bashir and extradite him to The Hague.

"What country has ever arrested a sitting head of state? Bashir won’t be arrested in Chad," Interior Minister Ahmat Mahamat Bachir told Agence France Presse (AFP).

"Chad is a sovereign and independent state.... We are not dependent on the injunctions of international organizations" he added.

Deby and Bashir held closed talks after which they told reporters that they have started a new era in their relationship after years of proxy wars and accusing each other of backing the rebels.

AFP reported that neither the French ambassador in Chad nor the US charge d’Affaires took part in the welcoming reception for Bashir at Ndjamena airport, although they were present for the earlier arrivals of the Somali and Comorian leaders.

The U.S. said today that Chad had obligations under the Rome Statue but was careful not to condemn Ndjamena for receiving the Sudanese president.

“Chad is a party to the Rome Statute and has obligations as a result. We’ll leave it to the Government of Chad to explain why it did or did not take actions in – related to those obligations” said U.S. state department spokesperson Philip J. Crowley.

“We strongly support international efforts to bring those responsible for genocide and war crimes in Darfur to justice. We believe that there cannot be a lasting peace in Darfur or stability in Sudan without accountability and justice. And we will continue to call upon Sudan and other parties to cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court. As we’ve said many times, ultimately President Bashir must present himself to the court and answer the charges that have been leveled against him” he added.

Crowley said he doesn’t know whether U.S. brought up the issue with Ndjamena but refused to say whether Washington was happy about Bashir evading arrest saying “I’m not going to characterize our mood”.

The U.S. is not a signatory to the Rome Statute and has been hostile to the court despite warming up to it in recent years.

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said through a spokesman that it was up to countries that are party to the court "to live up to their obligations as they see fit."

"Of course he said repeatedly that... there are charges that have been put forward by the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court and these charges are very serious," Ban’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, said Wednesday.

Both Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) urged Chad to arrest Bashir or bar him from entering the country.

“Chad risks the shameful distinction of being the first ICC member state to harbor a suspected war criminal from the court,” said Elise Keppler, International Justice Program senior counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Chad should not flout its obligations to arrest al-Bashir if he enters Chad.”

Before Bashir left for Chad, the Sudanese government expelled three senior Chadian opposition leaders including Timan Erdimi, Mahamat Nouri and Adouma Hassaballa.

President Deby, who made a landmark visit to Khartoum in February for the inauguration of Bashir’s new presidential term, had expelled Khalil Ibrahim who leads the powerful Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

"After Khalil’s expulsion, it was Sudan’s turn to respect their side of the deal" and expel the rebels, said another Chadian rebel on Tuesday.

A Chadian diplomat agreed. "President Bashir must show that he has done his work and that there are no more Chadian rebels in Sudan if he goes to Chad," the diplomat told AFP.

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  • 22 July 2010 06:03, by mikes

    I want to asure chadian president,what you do is a criminal act by keeping bashir safe in chad, I hope you would have arrest him immediately,it’s an encouragement of criminal activities to continued in sudan,is good that chad would have not decive its self to be member of international criminal court of justice,chad seem to be biase not really state of ICC,shame on chadian president ,you are not real African by keeping this criminal safe in your country,please reverse your Idea Mr president and arrest this criminal call Bashir.By keeping bashir safe will not make your country to be safe is batter to keep Africa safe rather than individual interest,soon Bshir will face Justice not only Bashir is safe In chad but elsewhere may make him to be apprehended

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    • 22 July 2010 06:30, by Aarai Baka

      Breaking news, CNN, NBC are in the air as of now stating that Omar Bashir will be intercepted in air by Jets Fighters when returning to Sudan.

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      • 22 July 2010 11:06, by Deng Yak L

        Both Head of States are criminals, Chadian President and Sudanese President, if Chadian head of State is not a criminal why did he refuse to handover Omer to the ICC he he known very well that Bishar is wanted by the Court to present himself volutarily.

        United Nations and those Sates which are signtories to the ICC must do something about Chad which is backing up the criminal and protect criminal. Chad is not doing it obligation which it suppose to carrryout, so due to that chadian president has to explain the reason why he refused to capture Omar and his State is Signtory to Roman Statute which is the founder of the ICC.

        Due to my analysis i can said that Chadian President has hand in Darfur Genocide and all what had happened in the Region and what is happening now, chad was the one engineering and empowered Omar and backup malitia which committed crimes and killed innocent civilians in the Region

        Chadian President must handover Bishar or explain the reason why he is refusing to handover.

        By Bonaparte

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      • 22 July 2010 12:05, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

        Hahaha,

        Some body who is behind the news may thinks that Bashir shall ever come back to Sudan in Peace! The air-armbush has already been seted by the French air forces and the chances for the big man to come to Sudan are bleak!!!
        Damned Deby to hell with the relashionship with Sudan.

        Be blessed,

        Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

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    • 22 July 2010 07:51, by Aduol Liet

      Mr, Philip J. Crowley.

      I always love your statement when you talk about Sudan’s problem and keep fighting on behave of human rights and perhaps, the rest of Sudanese people who clearly have been suffering enough for long in the Sudan, we will keep in touch with you. if God is willing to le Omar al Bashir go to hell.

      This is unbelievable that, Chad is one of the ICC signatory to the Rome statue and now Chadian president Deby has fail to acknowledge himself that, her nation is one of those who need Omar Hassan Ahmed AL Bashir to be arrested. His Chadian Foreign Minister Mussa Fake Mahamat whatever, stupid names are. He was absolutely wrong to say Chad is the sovereignty and the sovereignty nation can not protect criminal wanted in this world. His Foreign Minister and him Derby are all Idocy people in Africa world, because you can not invited some one who committed crimes while you have been registered as a member of the Rome statue this is absolutely a way of abusing the ICC law and its interpretation of the International constitutional law otherwise, this Chadian president must hand over to the ICC Judges.

      We Sudanese people and the rest of the world in the glob, we are very strongly condemning the warmly welcoming of Sudanese indictment in to the nation that has a membership within the ICC and we have taken consideration that, either Deby of Chadian president nor Omar AL Bashir indictment, they are all same page of the International violation rule. As I said yesterday that, these Deby and Omar AL Bashir are joking and truly they forgotten to understand what is mean when you are committed crimes and have found guilty and other member of Rome statue try to honoring the massive killer in Sudan this is unusually thing I had never seen.

      This is the guy who have made so many accusation in the past saying that, the ICC allegation are like mosquito buzz and Deby failure not to tell him to stay a way for now. There is no doubt how much the humiliation Chadian president has done but this is more than embarrassment the Deby did. I agree with Philip J. Crowley that, the crisis in the whole Sudan can not be solve if Omar AL Bashir still not facing book general speaking, the presence of Omar al Bashir in Sudan has causes many lives lost innocently and this Bashir must face justice.

      There are few things maybe the Chadian president need to understand, making friendship with indictment or trying to protecting criminal wanted in the world, it make you to be count guilty also if Chadian people don’t know how to read the laws in their country then, they should have to review what their leader done was not acceptable to the ICC Judges and the Sudanese people who want this man to see Omar Hassan al Bashir is facing justice for real.

      When Omar AL Bashir expelling the Chadian rebels and Deby did same thing in Chad when rejecting Darfurian rebel leader not to enter in her Chadian nation, both must know that their problems will not end by such coordination of exchange dirties tactics. The problem in Sudan will soon be solve if this indictment got in jail, but I don’t think the Chadian problems will end thus, I am guessing it could be possible if both Darfurian rebels and Chadian rebels should go ahead making their friendship more than these two Idiots presidents does and we will see how that friendship with indictment play out by those who want to denying the people being killed innocent in Sudan.

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    • 22 July 2010 17:43, by DeltaBravo

      to brother Mike

      I dn’t belief what you just said. It is imposible to killed your Visitor that you invited to your house. I know Bashire Commite so many crime, but that is not the way he will be arested.

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  • 22 July 2010 06:24, by soldier boy

    I think Chadian government do not give a shit about other people life as long as they getting what they want..other wirse there is no way they could recieve fugitive in their land. unless is all about what you want other wires I could say there is no human rights any more.And God bless US

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    • 22 July 2010 07:02, by Lokorai

      Thanks Chadians real African men!

      Let American and her stooge go hang! Peace first, others later

      Lokorai

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      • 22 July 2010 07:37, by Sudan virus

        One can tell from the picture that president Kiir is not comfortable walking along side world wanted criminal Bashiir.

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        • 23 July 2010 00:55, by ojok s. ojok

          hahaha,virus, you are right i show the guy is scared he don’t even feel walking next to his boss!

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  • 22 July 2010 07:42, by Chol Nyok

    What a mess! How should a president accussed of mass manslaughter could walk in red carpet. This is a true betrayal to people of Darfur and entire world of justice. It shows how ignorance African are, toward Justice. Instead of Chadians handing him over to ICC, they welcomed him on the red carpet.

    Bashir has abused the importance of the Red carpet. It is not meant for murders and that is why Kiir walks outside it.

    I wish Sarkrozy could use his veto power to capture him.

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    • 22 July 2010 08:17, by Wudutman

      Mr Kiir,
      When you are walking with this accuse man called Bashir pleases step your feet also to the red carpet because you are a president of the South, then two presidents are walking, We don’t want our security capacity to be use by this ostrich feathers,

      By Wudutman,

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      • 22 July 2010 17:32, by Manyieldit

        you do not need to tell him, he always like be the second in every thing, being a decision, action, or initiative, he is just a president by chance not by dream. Let him continue escorting Bashir because is a puppet of Arab he fear when he saw Bashir but later when he came to South he will just bark like a dog. shame on him.

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  • 22 July 2010 08:19, by DASODIKO

    Debe he himself is wanted by the ICC for the killing of the indiginous Saara population on NOIR SEMEDI. So either he arrest this criminal Bashir or he himself face very soon the same warrant of arrest. We don’t know what was the deal between Iddris Debe and Moreno when they met in Paris last month.

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  • 22 July 2010 08:42, by Simpleman

    Guys, Chadian government is so wise enough on its action, they know that arresting bashir at this time will betray the South Sudan Referendum because it will cause chaos all over the Country. So pleases stay calm and wait what Chadian government will do when he sets his two legs to Chad again other you have achieved your referendum result.

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  • 22 July 2010 09:12, by Padiet Deng Alony

    How can chad do that to host the criminal,Debbe should be charged for hosting criminal wanted by ICC.
    Warning our Southern Sudan President should limit his movement with bashir or just be in Juba. bashir now do not care about himself, he is commiting suicide and working dead body, he want to let others die with him.

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  • 22 July 2010 09:59, by Akuma

    Why International Criminal Court fear to arrest Al-Bashir in Sudan then to put much support to others nations to arrest Bashir. If Bashir was to be arrested. I think will not take such months and years not to be criminal jail/shell. Bashir has no forces and airplans that can prevent him not to be arrested. International Criminal court want to create confussion among African countries about Bashir’s arrest.

    So, We african should not put our hands on Bashir arrest because our leaders are always fallens victims of such atrocities. Any one found/ involves himself or herself because of international money given to them to arrest Bashir. Would be the guilty for crime.

    Internation criminal court have several groups/department and has many offices around. They should not confused people about Bashir arrest. Why Ocampo came to sudan last year and fail to arrest Bashir if he need to arrest him?
    Don’t be push into traps like rats.

    Dr. Akuma
    USA

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    • 22 July 2010 15:28, by Man of facts

      waaaaaaa!!!

      Others on the article comment on blind heart and mind except lokorari, this thing they call peace first and human right at the end, american are in africa to create the conflict not to human as they say

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      • 22 July 2010 16:47, by Joseph

        Deng Akol and the rest

        Omer Hassan El basher is an orator. it’s too difficult for the court to catch him. ICC will do nothing completely because Omer traveled several times to aboard and ICC didn’t show up .he will lead Sudan until he die alone
        Southerners let’s concentrate on how to achieve referendum not Omer death .full stop

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