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Sudanese president in Saudi Arabia to perform pilgrimage

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November 14, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has arrived in Mecca on Sunday to perform Haj during the annual season for the world’s largest religious gathering.

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FILE - Saudi Prince Khaled al-Faisal (R), also the Governor of Mecca, and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir pray close to the Black Stone at the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca January 2, 2010. (REUTERS)

Bashir left for Saudi Arabia on Saturday accompanied by several federal, state and legislative officials.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Bashir in 2009 for war crimes in Darfur and added genocide to the indictment this year. Bashir rejects the charges saying they are part of a Western conspiracy to topple his regime.

However, he faces no arrest risk in Saudi Arabia which is not a member of the ICC and therefore not obliged to act on the warrant. He has traveled to the Arab country a number of times after the indictment.

The ICC has no police force and is reliant on member states to enforce its orders. Al-Bashir refuses to recognize the court’s authority and has vowed to never turn himself in.

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  • 15 November 2010 05:50, by Ahmed Chol

    Bashir is close to Mecca but he is still far from God(Allah).

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    • 15 November 2010 11:00, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      I appreciate H.E Omar al Bashir for his courage as a leader. A guilty person can’t bring himself before the court to be jailed. It’s very impossible and Bashir has right to refuse going to Hague.
      Can you imagine, suppose you’re the person indicted and you also prove yourself guilty, will you avoid enjoying life with your friend that can provide security for that matter? H.E Bashir is mentally active. This is a sign of normal human being.

      I can blame those who are singing arrest warrant against him and keep watching wherever he goes yet they don’t have powers to capture him.

      Why was arrrest warrant issued against Bashir if ICC has no polce forces to carry out implementations?

      You better leave Bashir to continue with his future plans.

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    • 15 November 2010 22:27, by padiit gaga

      I can,t blame those who see the evil leaderships of Bashir he did what he know meanwhile, if he didn,t know what he was doing he would not flew to Meca with out arrest, but he knew nothings would block his way to Stone whorship place.
      Let no one claims about genocid he made ICC said that Bashir would not enter to any Country either by Air or ground. what was happen now?

      But, God will judge the evil or vellain by their acts.

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  • 15 November 2010 07:47, by DASODIKO

    Mecca will never save you from ICC. The people you have killed are also created by the same GOD you are going to meditate for forgiveness. If GOD forgive you for the life of millions you have killed without direct forgiveness from those killed; Then Bashir you God must be different God from the God who created the victims.

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    • 15 November 2010 23:45, by visitor

      Well, he has a different god from the God of the Christians, but the same god as the Darfur Muslims, who should not mind being targeted because the god they worship, Allah, would consider them apostates and hypocrites and raisinheads. As Allah is very fond of murder and cruelty, no Muslims should mind if they are attacked, especially black Muslims. What’s the problem? They pray to Allah every day, their racist god who despises them.

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  • 15 November 2010 07:47, by lotiang lomojo

    Dear All Comrade,

    I wounder Imagine that the president worship the mecca the black stone as they call as their god and yet claiming to be people leader that is why our country has been for quite long time in suffering due to this evil thing being practice.

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  • 15 November 2010 09:23, by telfajbago

    Which god the fugitive president Al-Bashir is worshiping? For sure; his god of genocide but not Allah the creator of heaven and earth. But who told him that his sins are forgivable.

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