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Sudan reluctantly admits a shoe thrown at Bashir during speech


January 25, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir joined the ranks of former US president George Bush to become a victim of a shoe thrown at him as he was delivering a speech in Khartoum on Monday.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir

According to eyewitnesses, shortly after 10 am (Sudan local time) a man by the name of Adel Mohamed Fath Al-Rahman Mahjoub moved from the his seat positioned in the second row to the podium and threw his shoes at Bashir who was flanked by the minister for presidential affairs in the cabinet Kosta Manibi and the secretary general of the national council for strategic planning Taj Al-Sir Al-Amin.

The shoe missed Bashir and hit the podium but the assailant was immediately wrestled to the ground by Sudanese security and bodyguards and taken outside the Friendship Hall in Khartoum.

The embarrassing incident took place at the inauguration of the first session of the 2010 National Council for Strategic Planning causing a brief chaos and bewilderment among the attendees before the Sudanese head of state resumed his speech.

Shoe hurling at an individual is a grave insult and a sign of contempt in Arab culture and for Bashir who is running for reelection in April, this unpleasant scene runs contrary to an image portrayed made by Sudanese officials and state media of a president that enjoys overwhelming support among the people.

Bashir is a target of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued almost a year ago accusing him of masterminding mass killings in Sudan’s Western region of Darfur. Observers say that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) sees the upcoming elections as a means to legitimize the rule of Bashir who came to power through a coup in 1989.

Ironically in December 2008, Bashir in a defying speech said he “will not surrender even a single cat from Sudan because we can make a shoe out of its skin”. The remark was taken to be a subtle reference to the incident of shoes tossed by Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi at President Bush which had occurred a few days earlier.

The security agents at the hall moved swiftly to confiscate all recording equipments and cameras from journalists and TV crews and thoroughly searched them in a bid to prevent the pictures from making it to the public. The London based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted journalists who were present as saying that Sudanese officials asked them not to mention what happened.

The pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV based in Qatar which afforded extensive coverage to Bush shoe story in Iraq at the time, was hours late in reporting what happened to Bashir despite having its reporter present at the hall.

It is also unlikely that the Sudanese man will get the same attention as Al-Zaidi who was hailed as a hero in the Arab world.

Reuters, which was the first to report the story quoted the presidential spokesman Emad Sid Ahmed denied the shoe incident, saying: “The man just wanted to give the president a note... but was intercepted by the security”.

However, later Sudan official news agency contradicted Ahmed’s assertions saying that a shoe was indeed thrown at Bashir.

“The abovementioned citizen prepared a handwritten memorandum of grievance and tried to hand it over to the President of the Republic..….but the presidential guards barred him as they deemed he has failed to chose the right place and the right time, a matter that drove him out of his temper and he started to hurl his shoe at those present” SUNA reported.

The state run media identified the man as someone who has a history of psychological disturbance and treatment for mental illness.

“Information obtained by the Sudan News Agency shows that the abovementioned citizen suffers from psychosis which causes psychological disturbances and that he has been receiving medical treatment with Dr Abdul Sami Mohamed Hassan, and that the last time he visited the clinic was on January the 18th and according to the psychiatrist, the patient has recently failed to take his medication regularly a matter that resulted in the instability of his psychological condition”

“The Sudan News Agency has learned that the said citizen is suffering from a complex of social injustice by people, though he has no political or social affiliation and a number of his relatives are actually occupying government positions”.

The agency mentioned that Mahjoub was born in El-Obeyed town in 1965, and his original home area is Merowe. He has received all his schooling up to the secondary level in El-Obeyed town. He is single and works in trade.

It was not clear given his status how the man made it to the front rows at the conference. Witnesses said that he acted calmly upon his arrest.

In Paris the Libyan-French lawyer Hadi Shalluf who was one of the lone and fiercest critics of Al-Zaidi and even appeared on Arab TV defending his stance told Sudan Tribune that his position remains the same regardless of the target.

“As a matter of principle I am against hurling shoes from a legal perspective and also as an uncivilized act whether it is Bush or Bashir. The international law recognizes that heads of state should be treated with respect in accordance with the position they hold” Shalluf said.

“This is a contemptible act and against the law. Hand swirling cannot be a substitute to civil expression of opinions under any circumstances” he added.

However, Shalluf lashed out at the Arab world saying they are unlikely to react in the same manner to this incident as they did with the case of Al-Zaidi.
“Surely the Arab people applauded Al-Zaidi for throwing his shoes at Bush. Will they do the same in the case of Bashir or remain silent and submissive? I suspect the latter” he said.

The editor in chief of the pro-government Al-Wifaq newspaper Ishak Fadl Allah said in his editorial on Tuesday edition suggested that Mahjoub was sane and not acting on his own behalf.

“Granted that popular outrage, which will evolve in response to the insult, would make the man - and the parties behind him- eat their shoes in shame”


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  • 26 January 2010 07:44, by Ajongtar

    Excellent Mr. Adel Mohamed Fath Al-Rahman Mahjoub this sound good. Arab V Arab.
    Don’t worry calm down man, his screw driver Mr. Acampo is coming.

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    • 26 January 2010 07:47, by Gatwech

      Ahahahahaaa.... It is atleast only one shoe thrown to Al-Beshir. It will be three years shoes against Salva Kiir or even a slap on the face. Dictators should face it.

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      • 26 January 2010 07:52, by Dinka Boy

        Hey Gatwech,

        You might be mentally sick.
        What are you going to do now while your husband Bashier has been humilated.

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        • 26 January 2010 08:23, by jack chuol

          That humilation fits Umoralbashier, but that man mighty not see the sun again .
          May almighty God safe him or put his soul in his right hand.


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          • 27 January 2010 01:57, by Akim A. Gatluak

            El Bashir don’t need shoe thrown at him, he needs to be hand-cuff and arested. Poor guy shouldn’t have thrown any shoe at him. Bashir will face justice no matter how long he dodges it.
            He shall be hang just like his friend Sadam of Iraq.

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        • 26 January 2010 13:13, by M.Cool.J

          Hey Dinka Boy,

          Please I want to give you this advice that you try to understand your age.Why? Because you always behave like two years old kid.What do you get out of insulting people on the website bro? If people do not see you don’t you even THINK God can see and get rid of you within no minute?

          What we are doing here has a meaning which is giving possible ideas as well as challenging our plitical heavyweights to keep them on their toes,but not abusing people as you normally do like you do to Gatwec calling Bashir husband to him.I pray you don’t repeat you cur,OK?

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          • 27 January 2010 02:02, by Akim A. Gatluak

            you are right. This is not a fighting board, it is a discussions or a coments board. People should try to keep personal dirt to themselves and respect the web users.

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          • 27 January 2010 04:14, by Dinka Boy

            Mr M.cool.J,

            Haaaa, empty vessels make noise.

            What are you talking about man. Are you drunk or what,and who are you to talk shit against me. Don,t you know that you will burried yourself with your wn curse. If you are not stupid,then why you making noise while i was responding to Gatwech or are you his bodyguard. That is why i always see you like shiit because of your low IQ. Bashier is gatwech husband, i repeated now. What are you going to do. Killed yourself because i repeated.
            Hahaha, i dont think whether there is any of your likes who can think better than me because all your likes are primitives pro-Arab militia.
            I hope u don,t give me your blind advise.

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        • 26 January 2010 16:54, by Riangnom

          HaaHaaa !!!

          Good question Dinka Boy, I think gatwech will go to file for divoice this week or so.

          Where is traitor riek mashiit ? HaaHaaa!! Did he get lost or what ? Good luck for dreaming Southern Sudan president.

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      • 26 January 2010 08:27, by Mr. Awan Awan


        You failed to maintain your humanity in this website; therefore, join the wild animal group to survive with them. I don’t think you are qualified to develop or construct any positive or strong argument that may benefit Sudanese people. What kind of human- being are you? I know your wrong concept you believe that Dr. Riek Machar is the only person who can lead and rule Sudanese people. No, No, my friend, Riek is not qualify at this critical time. So, don’t dream about him now. He needs to clean up his messes.

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      • 26 January 2010 08:35, by murlescrewed

        Bashir is a TRAITOR to Sudan as Riek is a TRAITOR to South Sudan. Both should be thrown a grenade instead of stinking shoes. That will spice things up.

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      • 26 January 2010 09:04, by pol d

        Stupid Gatwech

        You should pray Salva Kiir as, a your hero instead to pray Ngundeng,Kiir save you from Arabs and from Ethiopia, in 1992 when your nyonggol or vulcher Nuer
        Wudnyang attack raps, loots innocent Ethiopia people.Nuer will never learn
        how can you compare enemy Bashir with your great Presient kiir.
        shame, shame on you mss Nyawech.

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      • 26 January 2010 20:38, by mohamad adam

        gatwech = dinkaboy busta man etc etc etc realy do you have what to do? dont you feel that we are also tired of you? do you get time to rest ?
        any news you have to coment about even if it does not deserve from my continued visiting to this website for the last year i see you comenting daily to any thing published on this site why? dinka boy anda bosta man from their reactions i guess you are very young not above 25 years so my advise for you young men is to concetrate on books and you will make good journalists but give us a break and let us read the coments of mature ones pleas ples

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        • 27 January 2010 02:10, by Akim A. Gatluak

          Thank you for your coments. We all feel the same. these guys need time off or change their approaches to coments on the web. Never have I read anything positive or constructive on any of their coments. Gatwech is a disgrace to Nuer so is the Dinkaboy to Dinka. I think busta man is another lost thug.
          Think positive guys. we all belong.

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      • 26 January 2010 22:22, by joseph atem

        to/ gatwech

        have you been pay by bashir?if yes brother you need to talk to reik masher he will tell you what have happen to him in khartoum last six years before you run back to south sudan.

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        • 27 January 2010 02:16, by Akim A. Gatluak

          Stop harasing the guy. Dr. Riek Machar had mistaken, so had you.
          The man has turned around and is now working for the sake of his people (Southern Sudanese). you shouldn’t be taunting him any time you have something to coment in. No one would claim to be clean not even Pop. Leave the Leadar alone and focust on other constructive things.

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    • 26 January 2010 08:08, by Mr. Awan Awan

      This unpopular president should step down not to think even about reelection. We will be working so hard against his candidacy. He doesn’t have a single supporter. We just want this criminal to go to jail.

      Awan Awan

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    • 26 January 2010 08:33, by maumau

      Mohamed did this for fan and at the wrong time but the repercussion may cost his life, God intervene.


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    • 26 January 2010 13:01, by Paul Ongee

      Can Gatwech/Kim Deng/Master find out a millionaire from Saudi Arabia who wants to buy the shoe hurled at Al-Bashir for $10 million (US dollars). If Saudis millionaire offered to buy shoe thrown at US President at that amount why not this one? Let’s be realistic about our religious bigotry ya Akwana Muslimin.

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    • 26 January 2010 13:05, by Paul Ongee

      Can Gatwech/Kim Deng/Master find out a millionaire from Saudi Arabia who wants to buy the shoe hurled at Al-Bashir for $10 million (US dollars). If Saudis millionaire offered to buy shoe thrown at US President at that amount why not this one? Let’s be realistic about our religious bigotry ya Akwana Muslimin.

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    • 26 January 2010 13:48, by lope lomohidang

      Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii why do you compare SALVA KIIR with AMURDERER

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    • 26 January 2010 21:16, by Fuck Jonkoz

      Eelaan haam

      Throwing shoes on this world terrorist and fugitive called Humaar Albeshiir is not enough, this guy deserves to get fucked by a dog and thrown later from ’kubri kober’ shame on ’jalaba’ ’neek aadiil kede’

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  • 26 January 2010 07:44, by Pete

    Thank God someone have official put the maroon on the list

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  • 26 January 2010 07:48, by majook

    Dear Adel Mohamed,

    you are a brave man. President Bashir iminuity was lifted by the International Criminal court long time ago.

    you can even slap him should go closer to him.


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    • 26 January 2010 08:02, by Master

      Why not wait and see WHY THE MAN ’ÁDEL MOHAMED’ THREW THE SHOE ? ... Until then i hold judgment.

      When we hear this man speak publicly like the brave Iraqi man. Only then will we know if he is sane and deserves justice or an insane man bought by some devious people.

      Clear your minds people and think logic !

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  • 26 January 2010 08:20, by Demarjack

    Dear Sudanese People,
    Our President has become the second person after USA Former President George Bush to be a victimized by the shoe man which is a very big shame for the entire Sudanese community.
    Almost two years back the Iranian man did it to President George Bush and it has become one of our President Omer Hassan Al Bashir preaching; if you can remembered some years back when he was addressing the entire darfurains in El Fashir to support him against the ICC decisions and he was praising the man who thrown his shoe to President Bush now it happen to him what will be his reaction?
    Big Shame Big Shame and it mean that is a bad luck for Omer Hassen Al Beshir to wine this coming Election.
    Long live to Yasir SPLM Oh Oyee..........

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    • 26 January 2010 08:48, by jack chuol

      What a bad day to Gatwechs,akol and Bashir and is a good day to southerners. If there is human right in Sudan they should know were they have taken this brave man. I am sorry indeed because no fair trail in Sudan, they torture him already they did whatever they want already. I am sorry.

      God have mercy on him.


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  • 26 January 2010 08:36, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Shoes do nothing but pistol , use Pistol, don’t just embarrassed Wanted Criminal but killed or deform him.

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    • 26 January 2010 10:16, by william wol

      Bravo Bravo!! The bravest alaways are remembered, despite Bashir is going to slaughter you indeed, you had signalled to him that he is a wanted criminal not only by international supper powers but even his own citizens at home.However, whoever will be attempting to finish off this criminal shall use other weapon instead of shoe.wish you successfully attemptation against him.

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  • 26 January 2010 09:08, by Lual Garang De Lual

    Hahaaaaa, I laugh at Mr. fugitive now that the shoe topic is switched to him instead of Bush. It is this time now a Bashire shoe, anyway I wanted to know the type of the shoe from those journalists who were at the friendship hall yesterday. Could you give me the information so that i buy Bashire’s shoe.

    It is said in the African saying, ’ If you feel the moon is not better situated, you should climb to rectify it.’ Congratulation Mr. Adel Mohamed Fath Al-Rahman Mahjoub for rectifying the moon to its normal position, though they claimed you to be a mad person, your spirit will be in the heart of the Sudanese people. To the security team around Bashire, why do you detain an insane person? The Sudanese laws never allow any insane human being to be detain and prosecuted. Shame on you for detaining a mad person. I offer my condolences to the fugitive for the shame a mad person has dealt you but anyway you can join the shoe victim group to decampaign the shoe throwing as a violation against human rights. Haaaahaaaaaahaaaaaaaaa.

    To the Arab World, Bashire’s blind supporters of China, Russia, Venezuella and other puppet countries. Have you seen how bashire is disowned by his own people? A sudanese throwing a shoe to his President, Very embarrassing to Bashire. I would sympathize with Mr. Bush because his shoe thrower was an Iraqi citizen not an American citizen. But see here, Bashire is being disowned by the very sudanese people who he claimed like him to continue ruling Sudan. If i am Mr. fugitive, today i would just resign and go to my home, otherwise a shoe president is running for reelection in April 2010.

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    • 26 January 2010 09:47, by silake comba

      Oppression sometimes results in embarassing situations.How can you claim doing for democratic elections while you deny people the simple freedom of expression and freedom of choice. Depriving people of expression through normal ways lead them to express it by " extraordinary means"!!!

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    • 26 January 2010 09:53, by silake comba

      Oppression sometimes results in embarassing situations.How can you claim doing for democratic elections while you deny people the simple freedom of expression and freedom of choice. Depriving people of expression through normal ways lead them to express it by " extraordinary means"!!!

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      • 26 January 2010 13:43, by Afredo christiani

        These are the symptoms of going out from the presidency Mr. bashir. All black Arabs will suffer soon not later. Time for southerners to get freedom is coming .

        Getwech ,your grave was allready dug son of magic

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  • 26 January 2010 13:01, by M.Cool.J

    Hallo guys,

    I really praise Mahjoub for his courage.If we all behave like him towards our notorious leaders i think our leaders may know that we are also people to be understood in a country. We should not allow them defy us.

    Our Cowboy in the South is supposed to be treated like that too because he is telling us that he is above the law which is wrong of him.

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    • 26 January 2010 13:27, by Hakuna Matata

      The shoe thrower is a hero, the best thing is that he is
      claimed to be insane, will any court of law persecute insane
      I fear that now the shoe throwing thing has come to Sudan,
      people will have their shoes removed whenever Bashir is going
      to deliver a speech.

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  • 26 January 2010 15:04, by Sudan virus

    If all Arabs behave like Majoub, Sudan would have been a peaceful,lovely and united country in Africa.

    Sudan virus

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    • 26 January 2010 15:31, by paweetdit

      In deed that is how partriotic behave Bashir have deserved the shoe thrown to him. But you toothless barking dog, you better to stop that blind support you gave to your uncle Bashir.

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      • 26 January 2010 17:21, by pol d

        Stupid Gatwech

        You should pray Salva Kiir as, a your hero instead to pray Ngundeng,Kiir save you from Arabs and from Ethiopia, in 1992 when your nyonggol or vulcher Nuer Wudnyang attack raps, loots innocent Ethiopia people.Nuer will never learn how can you compare enemy Bashir with your great Presient kiir. shame, shame on you mss Nyawech.

        RIEK MACHAR and LAM AKOL will never and ever rules the people of Southsudan, the betray Southern for long time.

        "GOD is our witnes against those two dump leaders"

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        • 26 January 2010 18:59, by Machingela gai

          Hi everyone,

          Wrongdoer like Bashir has seen his political career at stake.
          The shoe thrown at him is a sign of looping danger. It is also a sign that shows Bashir is not a good leader to rule us. The whole country including Arabs and muslims have no desire for him at all, as you can see. The guy is internationally wanted criminal, but he is still ignoring all the threats he has been causing to himself and our country. Bashir’s solutions are the problems in our existing problems. God, can you help us?
          He is running for presidency while not sure who to rule. The era is a no more Bashir era. The past is the history and never again this very time of ours for Criminal to rule us. The citizens have no good feelings about him because of the unsolving problems we are facing each day of the sunrise in the country.
          Therefore, Bashir should not waste his time campaigning for the top seat, for we don’t want him. He is a criminal, not our loving leader. Let him go to his mother’s house or else, Bashir needs to report himself to court. Period.
          If not, then he will be captured in unkown hour like Liberian president who was captured near neighboring country of Nigeria, when he then happened to dodge international court for the crimes he had cause to his people. However, Mr. Bashir is just the same kind of that factory made or the product type. You go ahead with your bias in Khartoum, Bashir. Your clever trick will definately come to an end one day when that trick has expred. Playing with fire has its backfire! Your trick is near ending.

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  • 27 January 2010 04:32, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Why Salva Kiir Miyardit is silent? He is supposed to sent a warning letter to Adel Mohamed Fath Al Rahman who throw the shoe to Omar Bashir. Arabs in the North know that Omar Bashir is not bring peace to the whole Sudan. Omar Bashir is really lucky because no one who can put a pressure on him otherwise if there was someone, he could get himself to the jail already.

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