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Sudan inches closer to settlement of 1998 terror case: report


US embassy bombing site in Nairobi on August 8, 1998 (AFP photo)
May 19, 2020 (WASHINGTON) - The Sudanese government appeared closer to a settlement of the lawsuits related to the 1998 twin bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Nairobi.

An unidentified US State Department official told Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that “following extensive negotiations, we believe that we have reached a common understanding with Sudan on the contours of a future bilateral claims agreement”.

There was no comment from Khartoum on the report which came a day after the US supreme court revived the possibility of collecting $4.3 punitive damage claims from Sudan on the same case.

US courts held Sudan liable because in the 1990’s it hosted al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the attacks.

WSJ quoted a congressional source as saying that the victims would receive more than $300 million altogether as part of the settlement.

According to plaintiffs’ lawyers, the plan would pay $10 million for each U.S. government employee who was an American national when killed, but only $800,000 for each government employee who was a foreign national. Injuries for the U.S. nationals would be worth from $3 million to $10 million, compared with $400,000 for foreign nationals.

The plan drew the ire of African victims who say the state department plan shortchanged them and it is not clear how the settlement can be concluded given their objections.

“The State Department is betraying U.S. victims and the American principles of equality and rule of law that the Sudan-back terrorists found so threatening 20 years ago” Doreen Oport, who worked for the embassy in Nairobi and now lives in Texas, said in a statement carried by WSJ.

But the alternative for those victims may be a protracted legal fight in US courts to obtain multi-billion judgements that are very unlikely to materialize given Sudan’s grave economic situation.

“The transitional government is in a very tenuous position,” a congressional aide told WSJ, and faced a domestic backlash when it agreed to pay $30 million to the families of 17 U.S. sailors killed in the Cole bombing rather than address local needs.

“There’s a very small window of opportunity for the victims to get anything.”

The US State Department official said the proposed settlement agreement "would secure significant compensation for both U.S. national and non-U.S. national victims of those attacks".

One major hurdle is how Sudan can come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to pay the settlement amid suggestions that the Arab Gulf states may be hesitant to chip in.

Sudan is also unlikely to sign off on the settlement without guarantees from the US administration that it will kick off the process to rescind the terrorism designation after the money is disbursed.

The transitional government in Sudan, which replaced the 30-years old regime of Omer Hassan al-Bashir, has voiced frustration with lack of support in Washington namely its continued presence on the terror blacklist.

Many Sudanese believed that the US would quickly move to delist Sudan after a popular uprising removed Bashir from power more than a year ago.

The Deputy Chairman of Sudan People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) Yasir Arman echoed this sentiment in a tweet on Tuesday.

"The Sudanese revolution uprooted the biggest terrorism-sponsoring regime without the US having to pay a dime. It was expected that the Sudanese people would be rewarded for uprooting the regime of terror. Now the US courts are asking Sudan for billions".

"I think that our handling of this issue is wrong, and it will cost us part of our future," he added.

The U.S. government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that then-President Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government was supporting terrorist groups.

The designation makes Sudan technically ineligible for debt relief and financing from the IMF and World Bank despite being eligible for debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) plan.


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  • 20 May 10:11, by Langbaar

    "Sudan inches closer to settlement of 1998 terror case: report"
    Watch out fellows. We are going to bomb you low lives out of Kenya’s central rift valley of *Laikipia, Nanyuki, Nairobi, South Africa, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Djibouti, North Sudan, Central Africa republic (C.A.R), democratic repubic of Congo (DR Congo), Saudi Arabia, Eastern Jerusalem, Tel Avive and be done with the vermins>>>>

    • 20 May 11:52, by Langbaar

      reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Lowly informed South Sudanese fools. The uncircumcised have taken back their country. WW3 is going is here fools. One country, two systems? Who says? Hong Kong was bullied by the vermin who have attached themselves to our country and our people in 19th century:https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjry8yrlcLpAhXWxz

        • 20 May 11:56, by Langbaar
          • 20 May 12:01, by Langbaar

            addicted to heroin" And when the Chinese asked *English low lives to get the hell out of their country and over their people*, they were bombed to submission. Lowly informed South Sudanese fools. War is here. The same *evils in the devil *infested island of England* who bombed Hong Kong long time ago are the ones who have been playing ’balls with our country and our people’>>>>

            • 20 May 12:06, by Langbaar

              lowly informed South Sudanese fools. But the vermins are going to be bombed out of map on this planet earth, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. The vermins think, we are equal with them and that South Sudan would be always used as their *geopolitical chess game or football every ten (10) years and that South Sudan and the South Sudanese people would be always fed *Corns/Maizes, lentils, beans>>>

              • 20 May 12:15, by Langbaar

                sorghum and other food often Genetically grown (GM foods) are always fed our fools in Juba, Uganda, Kenya, our Gambella region, North Sudan and other countries we are going to bomb out map fools*. Lowly informed South Sudanese fools. We have a lot of *cattle here in South Sudan than Uganda, Kenya, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), North Sudan and DR Congo combined*, but our country and our people are>>>

                • 20 May 12:21, by Langbaar

                  what these vermin have projected their *evil lenses into 24/7* of attrition is what the vermins always fought over our people and over our people. That South Sudan can always be used by the evil juus (so-called israelis), Bantuses, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), their sleazy NGOs, their UN, Arabs and some of their creeps in between who have attached themselves to our country and our people>>>>>

                  • 20 May 12:27, by Langbaar

                    Our lowly informed South Sudanese fools. The US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israelis), some of their Bantuses in central Kenya of Laikipia, Nanyuki, Nairobi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Angola, DR Congo, Somalia, Djibouti, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Northern Nigeria, Darfur, Chad, North Sudan, our valley of kings, Southern Egypt>>>

                    • 20 May 12:37, by Langbaar

                      "Kibra is to Kenya as Mumbai is to India or Lagos is to Nigeria" Be very careful evils. Lowly informed fools. Have you ever heard the ’Muonyjiengs/Dinkas of the Sudan marrying a Bantus or a Nigerian?’. I don’t think so. *Biafra was fought by the British long time ago on behave of Northern Nigeria. Be very very careful fools. Fulanis or Falatais were brought into central Sudan by the British>>>

                      • 20 May 12:42, by Langbaar

                        criminals after the *Dinkas/Jiengs and her allies refused to work for evils in the Gezira irrigation scheme*. We are here fools. We are the ’Ancient Egyptians’ fools. Watch this space fools.>>>

                        • 21 May 05:06, by Langbaar

                          Lowly South Sudanese fools, *the devil infested Island England, the US, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their creeps here in the IGAD, the African Union (the AU), their evil juus and some of their creeps in between who covet our country and our people* want our country and our people use as ’a test case for their so-called NEW WORLD ORDER EXPERIMENT,>>>>

                          • 21 May 05:14, by Langbaar

                            AFRICA UNITY OR REGIONAL INTEGRATION’ piece of trash being propagated by *globalists or secret societies of Mr. Thabo Mbkei of South Africa, current low life of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame, former Tanzania president, Jakaya Kikwete, current president of Kenya, Mr. Raila Odinga (he is not anything) but he was used by our enemies as their stooge/puppet>>>

                            • 21 May 05:23, by Langbaar

                              to be a go between our country politics and his masters from the US, the UK and their so-called evil juus (so-called israelis)* And this is precisely because Mr. Raila Odinga and his Luos community in Kenya has relation with South Sudanese people. Well, we also have relationship with many communities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and DR Congo.>>>

                              • 21 May 05:36, by Langbaar

                                I always informed you fools, that the so-called *BREXIT (British/English), leaving the European Union (EU), where are the vermins thing they are going?* That leaving the European Union (EU), was being negotiated over our country and our people. But vermins are going to bombed to near oblivion or extinction on this planet earth, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.>>>>

                                • 21 May 05:55, by Langbaar

                                  lowly informed South Sudanese fools, we are here. Did you hear the current British prime minister, Mr. Boris Johnston called the former slaves (Afro-Caribbeans or Africans) "people are piccanninies with water melon smiles" There you go. He even asked his former British empire in Africa to go to UK. And most of the Bantus countries went to that devil infested Island. I would be damned>>>>

                                  • 21 May 06:05, by Langbaar

                                    if South Sudan went to that devil infested Island, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. The evils in the devil infested Island of England think, they can run away from their *European Union (EU) to come to countries of *South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia and come play intrigues with them*>>>>

                                    • 21 May 06:14, by Langbaar

                                      or to Canada, Australia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia or the U.S.A. That cannot happen under the sun reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. The vermins can try Canada, Australia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia or the U.S.A.?!! And get away with it if they are equal to anything.>>>

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