Home | News    Thursday 29 December 2011

Sudan’s defense minister shrugs off potential ICC arrest warrant

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 28, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defense minister, Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussien, has called for ignoring the allegations made by the International Criminal Court (ICC), in his first comment since the court’s prosecutors filed a request for his arrest earlier this month.

JPEG - 13.5 kb
FILE - Sudan’s defense minister Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein (GETTY)

Hussien is set to join a group of three Sudanese individuals hounded by arrest warrants issued by the ICC after its chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on 2 December put forward a request for his arrest on charges of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” allegedly committed in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

The Hague-based court’s hit list already includes Ali Koshib, a suspected leader of the fearsome Janjaweed militias, and Ahmed Haroun, the governor of South Kordofan State. Both are sought on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

But the most high-profile suspect is Sudan’s president Omer Al-Bashir whose charge-sheet includes genocide besides war crimes and crimes against humanity.

According to Ocampo, Hussein was “one of those who bears the greatest criminal responsibility” for the same crimes under which the ICC issued arrest warrants in 2007 for Ahmed Haroun and Ali Kushaiyb.

Ocampo told Sudan Tribune following his request that they have recently collected new evidence on Hussein’s role in the Darfur crimes. The ICC’s outgoing prosecutor noted that Hussein was Haroun’s boss providing him with instructions during the military campaign.

While the Sudanese government was quick to slam the request as an attempt to sabotage peace in Darfur, Hussein waited for almost a month before making his first reaction.

Addressing a public rally in the capital Khartoum on Wednesday, Hussien said he simply could not care less about the potential arrest warrant.

He called for “marginalizing” the ICC’s allegations against him and president Al-Bashir, saying that the court’s moves aim to debilitate the Sudanese army not the individuals.

General Hussein has been a senior government operative since an Islamist-backed coup on 30 June 1989 brought Al-Bashir to power. He served as a secretary-general of the Revolution Command Council which ruled the country following the coup.

He is known to be a close friend of Al-Bashir and has mainly served in the security dockets – three spells in the interior ministry and twice as minister of defense – plus stints at the presidency of the republic as a minister or adviser.

Delineating his prominence in the coup and decision-making, Hussein told the media on March 13 2008 that he was "one of the few who carried out the coup d’etat.”

"I am not just a minister or an employee, but I am a decision maker and I am responsible for any results!"

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 29 December 2011 09:21, by philipdit wol

    Hague-base court persecutor Ocampo should have taken action against culprit, rather than listed their names Bashir and is Defense minister were committed the crimes against humanity in Darfur and the entirely of South Sudan.

    repondre message

    • 29 December 2011 12:47, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Hussien,any one under ICC warent of arrest is like some body with HIV/AIDS,long process you will be arrested even if you are still making noise.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

      repondre message

  • 29 December 2011 09:26, by Michael Angelo

    Mr. Abdul Rahim Hussein,

    The ICC made a mistake in the first place by excluding you from those who have been indicted earlier. There is no way all of you can escape International criminal court (ICC). As a matter of fact, your government committed genocide in Darfur and for that reason, every individuals involve must be held accounttable for the crime committed in Darfur.

    repondre message

  • 30 April 2013 14:57, by dennishobson

    7uSSZ7fHuMBPPLxfTApu8lknI1PCTBssanyong actyon deck de madeira plastic lumber Hello! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The 62nd anniversary of Torit popular uprising 2017-08-17 00:23:12 By Arop Madut Arop As the people of the Republic of South Sudan mark and celebrate the 62nd anniversary of August 18th, 1955 Torit uprising, it would extremely be important to recall the events (...)

What is the value of water? 2017-08-14 21:28:25 By Innocent Ntabana When you and I breathe in fresh air, the amount I inhale affects you in no way. This is because air is abundant and so there’s plenty of it to go around. We actually take it (...)

The paradox of weapons collection in Darfur 2017-08-13 09:13:14 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman As a Sudanese people who long for stability, peace and security, we have no objection to the decision to collect unlicensed weapons throughout Sudan, but our reservation (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)

A prominent Sudan Women and Civil rights activist passed away 2017-08-14 21:09:47 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Khartoum, Sudan-August 14 2017 In the early hours of Saturday 12th August Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, a renowned Sudanese leader of the (...)

HRW denounces "collective punishment" in South Sudan’s Wau 2017-04-15 07:06:48 Human Right Watch South Sudan: New Spate of Ethnic Killings Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau (Nairobi, April 14, 2017) – Government soldiers and allied militias (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.