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Sudan president vows not extradite ‘a single cat’ to the ICC


December 17, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – The embattled Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir today says he will not accept any compromise aimed at handing over two Darfur war crimes suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (Reuters)

“I swear to god I will not surrender even a single cat from Sudan because we can make a shoe out of its skin” Al-Bashir told a rally in the state of Sennar in Eastern Sudan.

The analogy used by the Sudanese head of state denotes that he will not give anything of any value to the Hague based court.

In April 2007 the ICC issued arrest warrants for Ahmed Haroun, state minister for humanitarian affairs, and militia commander Ali Mohamed Ali Abdel-Rahman, also know as Ali Kushayb in connection with Darfur war crimes. Sudan has refused to extradite any of the suspects.

In mid-July the ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo submitted a new case against Al-Bashir containing counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Judges are still reviewing the case but a decision is expected in the coming weeks. Arab and African efforts to stall the indictment through the UN Security Council appear to have failed due to resistance from Western countries.

Earlier this month the French president Nicolas Sarkozy said that Al-Bashir has “days and not weeks” to change situation in war ravaged region of Darfur or will have to face the ICC.

A few days later the US President George Bush said that the Sudanese president “cannot escape accountability”.

But Al-Bashir brushed off the warnings by the two presidents and revealed offers made by some Western countries to suspend his indictment.

“They tell us that if we give them Haroun and Kushayb we will pardon the president…I swear to god that neither the US, UK or France will move a single hair in our skin” Al-Bashir said.

“We told them if they want to come after us come and try” he added.

If the ICC judges endorse charges against Al-Bashir the latter may end up becoming a prisoner in his own country since he faces the potential of being apprehended while travelling abroad.

Furthermore, European Union (EU) rules prohibit its officials from communicating with individuals indicted of war crimes.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) insists however that Al-Bashir will run for presidential elections in 2009.


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  • 18 December 2008 06:09, by Lokorai

    There is a lesson here: the fight between the ICC/West with President Al Bashir shall affect an ordinary Darfuris and Southern Sudanese or Sudanese generally. Let the West or the ICC not do a mistake to indict Al Bashir now, peace business and stability won’t be the same again.

    You might think he is merely threatening but believe me or not, this man never say something and leave it like that. He knows what has been finalized by the West and ready for it. Assuming that the ICC is at an advance stage to indict him anytime from now, as words go, what is will happen to Doha AU/Arabs talks? How about election next year and the CPA generally?

    In short, what contingent is the international community has to protect agreements incase the NCP goes wild? Withdrawing UN and Western staffs out of the country and shout from their countries big international bodies leaving Sudanese alone will be a reminiscence of Rwanda situation. It didn’t help and won’t help Sudanese.

    In essence, the ICC and the West must go slow in restrain and allow the voice of reason to be applied. This man will not run away and the ICC warrant of arrest will not take away his power either whether sanctions are imposed or not.

    Sudanese shall stop this man in three years time not the West. Pro ICC’s, I know you are here, you are welcome but don’t insult, big men/women and intellectual don’t.


    • 18 December 2008 07:42, by Gatwech

      Any body who still doubts that we are not heading toward disaster is just dreaming!!!! Whether ICC was involved or not, CPA and Darfur were heading for disaster. In this situation a number of scenarios are likely to happen. Coup de tat in Khartoum, war against teh South, would start in Abyei, Bentiu, Renk or Aweil, spreads to Darfur, Eastern Sudan, Nuba Mountain and South Kordufan. South Sudan would then declare unilateral independence. Our leaders, take care coz assassinations are part of the game!!!!! This is what teh Nuer Prophet Ngundeng told me.... But is the sick South Sudan GOSS ready and its SPLA to face the eventuality??? No, until the TRUE LIBERATOR takes over!!!

      I am back the True Liberator from Abyei where I liberated the Dinka of Ngok from the Arabs where they sold themselves to...They are now free, but until the Nuer Prophet Ngundeng says so...What about Dinka Bor, ahahahaha...just at the corner!!!

      • 18 December 2008 08:43, by Bit de Piny

        Mr. Gatwech, why do you hope for the downturn of the Southern Sudanese people, do you think if things goes the way you predicted them, would you scape them? Without Dinka in Sudan, Arab would have enslave everyone all the way to South Africa.

        You also call yourselft "the true son of Southern Sudan" what is your different with Devil Riek Machar who had sidelined himself with Southern Sudan enemy. Moreover, you are living with the curse of Ngundeng no mater with do you will still fell in all of you atempt.

        • 18 December 2008 10:33, by Mathiang Beny Til

          Dear Southern East and you west Sudan, I think Bashir should not scare people. He is a Human like other living people. He is devil person with out a child and he is using Taxes (money) collected from Sudanese to buy people to support him in killing and other criminal activities.
          This time lets not go anywhere, we are strong (SPLA Oyeeee , SPLA Oyeeee , SPLA Oyeeee ) we have to stay in Sudan and fire his devil government out of power so that our younger brothers/sisters may get good education, health and other services.
          Bashir can swear but he will not escape it. God knows a lot of Sudanese are died and suffering because of him.
          I pray Hard that may God take Bashir out of Sudan this Year so that we may leave in Peace.

          Mathiang Beny TIL

    • 18 December 2008 10:09, by mcthon

      Hey Lokorai! Tells your buddy Bashir to shout up and face the justice. Let him not talk about helping other people since he can’t free his ass from this indictment. My friend I know South Sudan is on the verge of its independence. But the fact is Bashir can’t just kill innocent people and then being tolerated because the CPA might be threatened.

      By the way, why are we so worried about CPA being jeopardized while North doesn’t even seem to honor it? We didn’t just earn CPA free of charge, we lost so many heroes. I thought you cowards know this saying, ‘peace doesn’t come except by the point of sword’, that goes to anybody contradicting Bashir’s indictment.

      If you are so scared to fight go back to Uganda for a refuge,I know never fight before, or simply hand yourself over to Arab like what mr Riek Machar did during the war. There are real men who know how to make CPA happen, should we lose it after Bashir. Lokorai said Durfuris and Southerners will come off worst if Bashir faces ICC, how in the world would such a dumbest thing happen since the killer Bashir will not be at large? Although Bashir is killing only Durfuris at this time, South Sudan can never turn a blind eye to such an inhumane conduct.

      View online : mcthon

      • 18 December 2008 10:51, by matur majok

        Wow Mr president, your reactions and talking represents sense of frustration,stop it and then accept the accountability as Bush said,infact be loyalt to the presecutor and to the rest of the world.at that point you may be forgiven not because of your rubbish talks.By Matur Majok.

      • 18 December 2008 12:48, by Lokorai

        Dear Thon,

        People who fought our last war (or every war) never talk like the way you talked or brag about fighting, but the fact is here unless we deceive ourselves that an arrest warrant is enough in itself when its issued, no! You can issue as many as you can but if that is not going to be effected as the case of Al Bashir is unexperimently one case in point since he is in power, what do you think he will do in between? He will of course fight his innocence and as he does it he might deliberately gone against soft targets namely Darfur and Southern Sudan or small way or big way.

        Southern Sudan fighting against the North or Al Bashir can’t be instigated by outsiders when we will lose more lives on top of what we already lost. That is the point. But also give our army time to put things together even that of rumor of Gen. Kuol appointment in to the army plus that of White Paper Bill in Parliament, and in due time, we will be in a position to fight on behalf of others. In our current state we need not to make rush decisions.

        Al Bashir isn’t my friend, understand! He is my enemy and I have demonstrated that and you won’t know it or believe it. If others are founding fathers may be this writer is one of the founding sons; have been here from that time and shall be still around here (God willing). Be judicious when judging even if that is for/against your enemy.

        Remember moreover that reasoning for the sake of it slow others down. Let’s put our emotions and ignorance on check. I’m however not saying you are wrong or that am right, just think or figure out things when Ocampo goes ahead with his threat (warrant of arrest). Put yourself on the shoes of Al Bashir who’s a sitting President, backs by regional and brother nations.

        I will not write back.


    • 18 December 2008 16:27, by Kur

      Mr. Lokorai,

      Please do not use those words again. Justice must take its course regardless of what the intentions of this evil man are. It was our own blood that brought about the CPA and we will defend its standing in the face of any challenges. What we should talk about is to let the people in Juba stop corruption and build the will of our people using the resourses we have so that we can be ready for anything.


  • 18 December 2008 14:18, by ARAMANACAANI Junuba

    hello president kiir and SSLA,

    make haste! darkness and strong storm seem to be near! appoint south sudan minister of Defense immediately! implement the approved army budget put everything at ready and strategically!
    make international army allays but am sure the north knows who south is today! so they will think twice before they go mad/crazy.
    and Moreover,Albashir is always threatening the air,so can’t take him seriously. but have to be at alert for anything for the life of CPA.AND IMMEDIATE DECLARATION of south sudan independence.that is all our interest,nothing else.

    • 18 December 2008 15:24, by justice

      Dear president Al beshir in the ethics of law a person is consider innocent until judgment is pass and one is prove guilty so then will ICC issue the sentence to the offender.Al beshir even if Allah or a Sudanese child is to judge you,the only punishment is ’SENTENCE TO DEATH BY HANGING’,if percentage is to be taken along Sudanese community regarding your faith and the ICC indictment you will not even get a single percentage of support.Therefore Sudanese fear to die under your tyrannical government which does not favor the citizens to echo support for the ICC to indict you,what every Sudanese think any time is when ICC will announce the arrest warrant and we shall arrest you and hand you over .So definitely you will not escape punishment by ICC joining you college Theosenet Bagosora in the Hague.When the time comes you will go alone to the grave in hell and leave the Sudanese to enjoy freedom and equality which GOD has given everyone he created and you decide to take away and instead give them more misery to their lives.you saying that ’even a single hair can not be taken out in the Sudanese community’ is a sign of cowardliness and fear of death but you will go Omar.

  • 18 December 2008 14:36, by Justin Chicago opiny

    Who actually owns the Sudan?. We are are free people we deserve the right the right to be free like any citizen of any country.We do not need to be caged like we are in a ZOO. And no one single person should put the lifes of more than 30 million people in japerdy
    because they think they own the sudan
    in whatever way they think it logical.
    we are peaceful people as sudanese we only do not like the dirty politics practised by some of our politicians
    especially the military. I wish there was a constitution that could be passed banning military government in the sudan. General Ibrahim Aboud planted the
    worst seed in Sudan no such seeds should be planted again in the future otherwise the sudan will still continue to starve despite plenty of food availability.

  • 19 December 2008 01:48, by Sihs

    we have been saying that indicting Besheir would not do any good for sudan, the peace in Darfur will get stumbled if not already so, the whole country will go in state of emergency and the pro-war opening of Jihad camps will get active, sanctions will break the back of the country, we will go back in time 20 years .
    the NCP has occupied the minds of two generations with war and military actions ,the indictment would create a rich environment for that teaching to blossom.
    It will really be MESS.

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