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Kenya invites Bashir to IGAD summit as he challenges world to arrest him

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March 3, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir today received an invitation to participate in an extraordinary summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to be held in Nairobi next week.

Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (U.S. Navy)

The Kenyan foreign minister Moses Wetangula delivered the invitation from his boss president Mwai Kibaki during a meeting in the Sudanese capital with his counterpart Deng Alor. Wetangula was accompanied by Ethiopian minister of foreign affairs Seyoum Mesfin.

Alor said that the visit came as part of an ongoing effort by IGAD to review the progress on the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and preparations for the upcoming elections in April.

He said that IGAD is concerned over the CPA implementation and relations between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) which controls the South.

The Sudanese top diplomat also disclosed that his government requested a rescheduling of the IGAD summit to from March 9 to a date after the elections. However, it is not clear if IGAD heeded to the request.

Kenya which is a signatory of the Rome Statute treaty which forms the basis of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has an obligation to arrest Bashir given an outstanding arrest warrant for him issued a year ago on charges related to crimes committed in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

Furthermore, the ICC judges are currently mulling a request from the prosecutor to open a high profile investigation into post-election violence events in 2007 and 2008.

Today the ICC prosecutor filed a brief with the Pre-Trial judges in response to a clarification requested on the nature of the violent acts committed and proof that it can be classified as crimes against humanity with links to state as part of organizational policy.

The Kenyan public is eagerly awaiting the judges’ decision on a case that has received their overwhelming support.

The ICC prosecutor met last year with Kenyan President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga and asserted their desire to cooperate fully with the court in its work.

Bashir addressing NCP supporters in the Sudanese capital said that he will continue to travel worldwide despite the warrant accusing world powers of standing behind his indictment.

“They are liars, hypocrites…this [my destiny] is not in the hands of the US or the UN and we will not kneel before them like others did” the Sudanese president said.

“We do not fear them and we will continue to travel because death can be through fever or malaria or a traffic accident but a happy death is to die as a martyr to join my fellows who were martyred” he added.

The Sudanese head of state managed to maintain ability to travel regionally to countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt, Eretria, Libya and going as far as Zimbabwe and Mauritania, none of which are ICC members.

But Bashir has also turned down several invitations over the past year to attend events in Uganda, Nigeria, Venezuela, Denmark, Turkey, South Africa and US.

The African Union (AU) has gave full backing to Bashir in its summit last year and decided that no African nation will cooperate with the ICC in apprehending him even if party to the Rome Statute though some countries have later dissented from this resolution.

Last year in a joint press conference with US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, foreign minister Wetangula defended the AU wanted the UN Security Council (UNSC) to invoke its powers under Article 16 of the Rome Statute to suspend Bashir’s indictment for a year.

“The AU does not and has not and will not say that President Bashir is innocent, because we have no capacity to say that. He has been investigated, he has been indicted,” Wetangula told reporters

“Nobody will stand in the way of President Bashir being arrested and prosecuted, but for now, the AU’s position is that let’s see what internal mechanisms can be done. I don’t think the AU is asking for too much,” the Kenyan foreign minister said.

Wetangula did not say whether Kenya, an ICC member, is prepared to arrest Bashir if he was to visit despite the AU resolution.

(ST)

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  • 4 March 2010 05:13, by Majok e Deng

    Kenya is signatory of the Icc, so there is no reason why Kenya should not arrest Bashir. They too (Kibaki and Odinga) may be indicted for the post election violence years ago.

    • 4 March 2010 15:37, by kuur Deng

      There is only onething that I know about Beshir to Kenya,He can cofuse some kenyan within a fraction of a second by the used of his pocket and come back safely since he possess the oil revenue and that is way Mbeki is always after him supporting Sudan unity.

  • 4 March 2010 05:35, by DASODIKO

    This guy has gone nuts. He is still creating fake enemies and enragging fake wars, and also fake death, while he is a chicken. whether you win the elections or lose it you will appear in court very soon. And if you are so brave as in your speech where you delivered it in a very tide security measures so why did you
    turned down several invitations over the past year to attend events in Uganda, Nigeria, Venezuela, Denmark, Turkey, South Africa and US?
    We were told in our childhood; never play down with three things: the old stream of the river, the old market place and old decission of the authority. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • 4 March 2010 07:12, by David_N

    President of Sudan, Omer Al-Bashier, "Please don’t go to Kenya!!!, they are about to arrest you. Don’t trust them, they are former slave and concubine of Europeans and these Bantu are about to retaliate against you...
    Who are working behind this are their caucasian master who controls the senses of Bantu majorities in equatorian equations similar tribes with rest of parts of West Africa.

    • 4 March 2010 08:22, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

      Hey David_N,

      He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not is a fool. Why stand with the foolish Bulshit?

      Do not work for fool, for you will be considered a fool TOO!

      Be bless,

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

    • 4 March 2010 15:25, by Wed Deng

      Dear readers hay to you all!

      It will be extremely wonderful to hear that Bashir is gong to be dteained by or arrested by the Icc if he go to kenya.
      Kenya is the most country which has got some atditraoty for the human right.
      Then if God take Bashir there and come back, I will blame those of international crimal court for not arresting Bashir (deacease).

      Thanks

      by Ngor Deng

  • 4 March 2010 07:22, by Critic_Ngueny

    Dear David_N

    Who are you and what are you in the South? Shut up my barking dog,let him go to face his own musics and don’t bother yourself.
    Critic_Ngueny from Bor town

  • 4 March 2010 14:36, by Time1

    This IGAD invitation is in accordance with IGAD being the sponsor of the Sudan CPA agreement, there for it need both parties involved for consultation and update on progress of the agreement, ICC still has alot of issues that is not fully understood by many countries including the signitories of the ICC, if the ICC can claim that it has the rights to investigate violence in Kenya a country with well established justice system, then that means ICC has gone too far beyond its international mandate, why are they not investigating domestic violations in other countries but they are always quick to run and talk about justice in African countries, this is a clear double standard which no one will accept, only the fools will accept this. The IGAD meeting should go on, ICC needs to be challenged if they do not understand how to do business.



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