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South Kordofan governor vows to sue Al-Jazeera TV over "fabricated" video

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April 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The governor of Sudan’s South Kordofan State has expressed fury over video footage aired by the Qatar-based al-Jazeera TV showing him instructing troops not take any prisoners in the course of their fighting with rebels.

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Al-Jazeera TV footage showing South Kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun addressing troops battling insurgents in his state.

"You must hand over the place clean. Rub it, crush it and sweep it. Don’t bring them back alive. We have no space for them" the undated film showed Haroun as saying at what al-Jazeera says was a base freshly captured by Khartoum from Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N).

An army commander standing near Haroun then says: "Don’t bring them back, eat them alive" amid laughter by the group in the video.

"Don’t create an administrative burden for us [by bringing back prisoners alive]" Haroun said.

The states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile along the poorly defined borders with South Sudan are home to populations which sided with the south during the civil war but were left on the Sudan side of the border. The Sudanese army has been fighting SPLM-N in both states since last year.

Both sides accuse the other of starting the conflict, with SPLM-N citing the failure to implement the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement as one of their main grievances. They also claim the Haroun fraudulently won gubernatorial elections.

The fighting has displaced more than 410,000 people in both states, more than 100,000 of them to South Sudan, according to the United Nations.

South Kordofan in particular has witnessed fierce battles in recent weeks between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on one side and the SPLM-N with the South Sudan army (SPLA) on the other. The SPLA says that it entered South Kordofan after SAF attacked Unity State in South Sudan, although Khartoum maintains that Juba was the aggressor.

The Islamist-oriented Alwan newspaper, which publishes in Khartoum, quoted Haroun as saying that Al-Jazeera maliciously edited the video to distort what he said.

The governor said that the "Rub it, crush it and sweep it" is a slogan used by Sudan’s Central Reserve forces. He went on to say that the word "Don’t" was added to the "bring him alive" sentence in order to link events in his state to the charges leveled against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He declared that he will begin legal proceedings against al-Jazeera TV network describing the matter "clear fabrication and fraud".

In 2007, Haroun became the first Sudanese official to be charged by the ICC in connection with war crimes allegedly committed in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. At the time he held the position of state minister for humanitarian affairs though the crimes he was indicted on were committed while he was the state minister for interior.

The charges against him include 51 counts of murder, mass rape and torture. Sudan has refused to hand him or any other citizen to the Hague-based court.

Rabie Abdel-Aati, the media officer at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), said Haroun’s remarks were taken out of context and were "not interpreted correctly".

"He is not ordering the soldiers to kill civilians but to kill rebels; this is war," Abdel-Aati told al-Jazeera on Saturday.

"What was said by the Southern Kordofan governor to the soldiers is in the context of mobilisation of soldiers to confront and to chase the rebels to the south where they are coming from. What do you want us to do if rebels come and invade the area and threaten civilians and disturb peace and security in the area? I think that what is said by the governor is absolutely correct to confront those," the NCP official said.

"They are coming to kill our soldiers and our soldiers have a right to kill them," he added.

The outgoing ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told al-Jazeera that killing prisoners constitutes a crime under international law.

"A commander has a responsibility to ensure that his troops are not violating the law. He cannot encourage them to commit crimes. ’Take no prisoners’ means a crime against humanity or a war crime, because if the prisoner was a combatant it is a war crime and if the prisoner was a civilian it’s a crime against humanity." Ocampo said.

"In both cases, it confirms the pattern that Mr. Haroun should be arrested and brought before the ICC to stop the crimes" the ICC prosecutor added.

Last year, the United Nations human rights office documented alleged violations during the South Kordofan war including extrajudicial killings, illegal detention, enforced disappearances, attacks against civilians, looting of homes and mass displacement.

The allegations, "if substantiated, could amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes," the United Nations said. Most of the reported violations were blamed on Sudan’s army and its allied militias.

In Brussels, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton expressed alarm over Haroun’s remarks shown on al-Jazeera.

"I am alarmed at video footage showing Ahmed Haroun, the Governor of Southern Kordofan, urging Sudanese soldiers to take no prisoners during fighting in Southern Kordofan and a Government of Sudan spokesman defending these statements," Ashton said in a statement released today.

"A deliberate policy of taking no prisoners during armed conflict constitutes a war crime. The Geneva Conventions prohibit ordering that there shall be no survivors. The Government of Sudan must ensure that the Sudan Armed Forces abide by international humanitarian law at all times".

In the Al Jazeera report the SPLM-N’s Deputy Commander, General Jogot Mekwar, said: "What Ahmed Haroun wants to do is inhuman. He wants to enslave people. He has hatred against humanity. From our perspective the things he says asre exactly the reason why the [International Criminal] Court has issued an arrest warrant against him. He gives directives that no one should be left alive."

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Al Jazeera English | ICC’s Luis Moreno-Ocampo speaks to Al Jazeera | 31 March 2012

Al Jazeera English | Sudan government adviser Rabi Abdel Atti speaks to Al Jazeera | 31 March 2012

Al Jazeera English | Sudan governor to troops: ’Take no prisoners’ | 31 March 2012

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  • 4 April 2012 09:00, by zulu

    Cowered! Face justice for what youu are doing to your own kin, you slave. Don’t you learn from the muaras war againtss the south sudanese? The SPLA is coming for you. Where will you hide?

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    • 4 April 2012 09:16, by Chok Deng

      To Mr.Killer Harun;
      Do you think what you are doing to African tribes is not known,your activities are monitor man,be careful.Even where you defecate and refresh yourself is known,this time African fighters will bury u alive,u deserve nothing on this earth but ICC,death,and hell.

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      • 4 April 2012 09:27, by Chok Deng

        To SRF;
        There are 2 governors in Sudan who are doing ethnic cleansing and these 2 criminals are Mohammed Yusif kibir of north Darfur and the so-called killer Harun.They are killing African tribes on a daily basis.My message to SRF is that when u come into power give these two criminals to the African tribes to beat them until death and then their bodies to be burned into ashes.They have no place.

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    • 4 April 2012 09:18, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Haroun from his face alone is a death living organism,he has Killed alot but he will one day die like a dog.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 4 April 2012 09:38, by Diu J.Kuek

      Ahmed Haroun you order or you didn,t said will not help aready Crime is in your neck you are second most wanted criminals man by ICC.with your President don,t cry your day is number you will face justice soon leave about fabricated and fraud video made by Al-Jazeera TV this not the case I believe such order that contradict to the International Law you may said Haroun you are criminal by nature.

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    • 4 April 2012 10:30, by Akobo River

      follow the link below and you will here Haroun by himself ordering the army, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/03/2012331114433519971.html

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  • 4 April 2012 09:06, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    What a criminal God help your people even i never order anyone to killed our enemies during the war, there is on differences between him and our criminal vice presiden Riek machar since they are brothers of distruction and death,

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  • 4 April 2012 09:06, by Deng

    He call himself an Arab now but down the road when he is no longer useful for NCP he will call himself darfur. he is an arab slave. you were put in this position to watch out for you slaves in South Kordufan and darfur. your fate is at the corner Mr. so called Harun. THIS FOOTAGE WAS ACTUALLY TAKEN AND WIRED TO ALJEZEERA BY ONE OF YOUR SAF SOLDIERS FOOL.

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  • 4 April 2012 09:10, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

    Criminal Arun !!!! SUE WHAT...SPLA and SRF are coming ....you and Omer Bashir will see the ICC cell this year.

    God bless South Sudan.

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  • 4 April 2012 09:48, by 4Justice

    The mischievious demon caught with his pants down...ha ha ha, seriously, do you realy realy think anyone will believe it wasn’t you bwah hahahahahahaaha

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  • 4 April 2012 09:52, by Observer

    The sign of a guilty desparate man! As if Al- Jazeera needed to fabricate this.They are a professional respcted media broadcaster- you think they would jeopardize their reputation over a war criminal??
    Al- Jazeera will hardly be worried about a threat from you!!

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  • 4 April 2012 09:56, by Madina Tonj

    Thank God the Southern Kordofan State’s governor said it in his mouth, this is a good evidence that inhuman man was telling commander not to bring any prisoners alive. The SPLA North Sudan need to capture this inhuman man and let him follow those innocents killed which he was talking about. SPLA North must manage to capture Capital Southern Kordofan State and Capital of South Blue Nile State

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    • 4 April 2012 10:06, by Abugua

      This is not the first time. they did it during our war when they did not have POW to exchange. when SPLA C.I.C offered to exchange POW. Bashir did not have any.He killed all southerners under their detention.so what Harun is doing is not new. it is the way they do their business"keep no prisoners.. it is an administrative burden..". ICC is correct in charging these people.

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  • 4 April 2012 11:48, by 4Justice

    Rabi Abdel Atti is calling the people of Nuba Mountains invaders? You are the invader Adel Atti,you don’t belong to south Kordofan, they want to be left alone, you want to wipe them out and take over there land. You SAF are the invaders, you are the murderers, you are the outlaws go back to Shendi or Omdurman and leave the Nuba and Blue Nile people alone you wicked breed.

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  • 4 April 2012 12:30, by Ambowl Papakayo

    Hey Haroun,
    A piece of advice before we finally capture you, "know that any move you make, even on/in the bed is monitored"
    You ahead, sue the TV and let’s see whether Aljazeera Network will be compromised like yourself who can’t even move a single step out of this country. Your fellow killer Rabi, confirmed the contents of the video and that it was a rehearse for an offensive.

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    • 4 April 2012 22:44, by Democracy

      Islam is a fraud invented by a superb con man who was a thief, liar, murderer, and pedophile in order to fool nomadic, warlike, misogynist, illiterate men to conquer the world. Mohammad is the devil’s helper

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  • 4 April 2012 12:37, by Ambowl Papakayo

    Your current stock of crimes against humanity as of March 2012 at the ICC is 51+ undetermined number up to now of counts. That’s even why you’re emaciated and look palish.
    You will pay for all of these in the future.

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  • 4 April 2012 13:33, by DeltaBravo

    To Haroun

    What does CRUSH IT, RUB IT,SWEEP IT mean. If you are not an idiot. Thank to ALJAZEERA. I blame OBAMA for keeping this Criminals in power.

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  • 4 April 2012 14:33, by Hitler

    This has been and it is still a systematic campaign and policy of Sudan Government and its aids to commit crime in unprecedented propotion. There is nothing new here. What is difficult in enforcing ICC indictment on these cruel beasts in the Sudanese governemnt? Doing nothing gives these idiots that they are minning in int. stage. Fools!

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  • 4 April 2012 22:27, by morogot batal

    you murderer mohamed haroon.....take the example of ibrahim shemsedin..........if you dont die in the hand of SRF, you will die in the hand of GOD....followed by your gangstars

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  • 5 April 2012 06:49, by zulu

    Aliny, or Panthou or Heiglig has fallen again to the SPLA south Sudan after downing Mig 39 over Unity State at 3pm South Sudan local time. \\the march is onto Harun.

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  • 6 April 2012 00:58, by mogokafi

    Ahmed Haroun, now you proved that you are the a war criminal. you are going to hell soon, evil.

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    • 4 February 2013 15:32, by Adelle

      I think that we all agree with you, but that doesn’t mean that we should end it in violence, right? - sailing corfu

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  • 4 February 2013 15:30, by Adelle

    I hope that it will stop someday soon. We don’t have to live like this. We should be good to eachother, don’t you agree? Adelle @ yachts in spain.

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