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July 12, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir could be arrested upon his arrival in Kampala, a Ugandan official said today.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir

The surprise announcement came at a press conference held today by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Ugandan state minister for international relations, Henry Okello Oryem.

“An arrest warrant for Bashir has been deposited at the office of the Solicitor General,” Oryem said.

“It’s up to [Inspector General of Police] Gen. Kale Kayihura to arrest him,” he added.

Al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC prosecutor filed an appeal for the inclusion of genocide charges that were dropped by the judges for lack of evidence.

Uganda is one of 30 African countries that ratified the Rome Statute making it legally obligated to execute arrest warrants for wanted individuals on its territory.

But an African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, Libya held earlier this month decided that no country in the continent shall cooperate with the ICC in apprehending the Sudanese president.

So far only Botswana publicly announced that they will not abide by the AU resolution and alleged that Libya forced the AU members to accept it without debate.

The Ugandan minister said that his government had an “unwavering” commitment to the ICC statute.

However, he added that arresting Bashir is a big step to be taken by Kampala.

“He [Bashir] is not a chicken thief whom you start arresting in an unceremonial manner so let’s wait for Bashir to arrive and see what the government of Uganda would do,” he said.

Ocampo sitting next to Oryem stressed that Uganda has a legal obligation to cooperate with the court.

“It’s a legal obligation not a political decision, it’s a court decision and Uganda, South Africa and the 30 African (member) state parties have this legal obligation, it’s clear” he said.

“South Africa informed Bashir that he could be invited to President Zuma’s inauguration, but if he is there he could be arrested,” the ICC prosecutor added.

Last week, the independent Sudanese Al-Sahafa newspaper reported that Bashir is scheduled to visit Uganda on July 26 to take part in the Ugandan-Turkish forum.

A Ugandan official said that Bashir will not be arrested since he was invited by his country.

There was no official confirmation from Khartoum on the visit.

An unidentified Sudanese official warned Uganda last week against any attempts to violate the AU resolution on non-cooperation with the ICC.

The official said that all African countries must adhere to AU decisions and any state that doesn’t do that is breaking the African consensus.

The warning came after Uganda issued a statement last Friday reiterating its commitment to the ICC.

Uganda’s stance on Bashir’s arrest warrant has been ambiguous despite backing AU decision criticizing it.

The Ugandan president Yoweri Musievini said last March that he wants neither to “condemn Bashir” nor “condone his actions”.

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  • 14 July 2009 05:00, by oshay

    I don’t know why President Bashir wants to go to Uganda anyway. We never had good relations with Musevini. It is also funny the constant hypocrisy perpetuated by Kampala. For decades it has massacred the Acholi people of the North and now it wants to care about justice.

    I urge president Bashir to send a swift response to Kampala by giving Kony all he wants to fight the Ugandan Army since cleary Musevini doesn’t want peace.

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    • 14 July 2009 05:09, by Jeremiah Mach

      O’Shit, your comment is not worth reply.

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      • 14 July 2009 16:18, by anajenubi

        Oshay, What a stupid terrorist, how many people have your uncle Bashir massacared in Sudan in General leave alone South Sudan. it was you stooge Joseph Kony that kills Acholi sponsored by your uncle Bashir. You will visist Bashir in Jail anytime if not now.
        what type of brains do you terrorists have really, how come your head gets only the Museveni’s killings but does not see your and Kony Killings.
        you need to grow up boy

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    • 14 July 2009 06:58, by gam042

      ha oshay,
      i think if you are from the south, you never ever made such a comment supporting the muster. bashir was giving kony animmunion and kony himself never used those firearm against his common enemy (uganda goverment) instead he used it aganist the innocent southerners. i believed knoy killed more innocent southerners than he killed his enemy. oshay are you happy that? if you are the south never support albashir, let him go to hell. don’t get seduced by money like a prostitute.

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      • 14 July 2009 14:04, by outstanding student

        who tells u Oshay is a Southerner? Learn from his daily speech, he commonly confront himself with his Arabization Lamakolism nonensense ! wait to die.

        JONGROOR.

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        • 14 July 2009 16:23, by Ajawuk Juma

          Dear Sudanese,

          I know Mr President Omar Basher is not that stupid to attempt to go to Kampala!!! but he should looks into problems of Darfur rather than denying the war crimes committed in Western region of Sudan and put a blame on the Western nations saying they are people who instigating the conflicts.

          But the fool accepted the genocided during his interviews last months by estimating that it was only five thousands which had been killed in the fighting without knowing that five thousand lives are valuable to the international community not his lawless country whereby any one can decide to kills.

          Bashiir should have handed over the war criminals to face justice if he think he did not inorder the killings or involved.

          He knows that he committed the crimes although he always tried to fool African’s leaders however, some of the leaders are not even keen to know what is happening in other part of the continent (Africa).

          Some of the leaders like Gadifi of Libya are not supposed to be value as African’s leaders with their full of hypocriticals and stupidity to see Darfur’s problems as minor disputes not genocide as witness by the World.

          It is really shameful for President to be on run!!!!!!

          It will be good for you to resign and deline ur candidacy

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    • 14 July 2009 07:57, by Hillary B.M.L,M

      Despite the weapons you bought from China, if Mr.Idiot President Omer Hassan Ahmed Elbashier touch Uganda ground means that he is finish. Yuweri Museveni is not like other African coward Presidents. he will apprehend Omer and hand to Mr. Ocampo the Just.

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    • 14 July 2009 14:32, by Chokrot Pandun.

      Hey Oshey,
      Ashame on you because you are mistreated the fellow Sudanese for long time in whatever you are doing is having a reward so why are you refusing your reward infact Moreno Ocampo is waiting for you for your reward. You with your mother fucker Beshier have to facing justice in the Rome statute so pleaes let your man go to prove that he is not guilty rather than shouting like billy goat in Sudan and also Konyi that you talk of you first know where they are nowaday since they left uganda and heading to Central Africa instead of being in their Country even though you do what with your mother fucker Beshier you will still face the court.

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    • 14 July 2009 15:03, by M.C.C Kul-chi-gongic

      Oshay clean Al-Bashir’s arse (ass) with his tongue.

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    • 14 July 2009 15:51, by Akoon

      Why would Museveni even have a relation with terrorist while he is not a terrorist?

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    • 14 July 2009 18:41, by mayombo

      there is no conection between people of Northern Uganda and araise of AL-OMAR. He is criminal and he can be araised in any Country in Africa so if you are bind Bashir than you are more stupid than what Bashire have done in the history of the Sudan.let Sudanese comparate with ICC and hand over Bashir because removing one grass in the one will not make it leake.

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    • 16 July 2009 13:42, by Reanyou

      I really don’t have truth to Mr. President Musevini and I don’t know why should my president who is the best dealer to him go to Kampala yet there is Khartoum and Juba.
      Aha Mr. president should think twice.

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  • 14 July 2009 05:27, by Kur

    Thieves and war criminals don’t travel because they are red tagged. There is nobody above the law and Uganda and other signatories to the Rome Statute have legal obligiations to arrest all red-tagged criminals. Bashir is not different from Joseph Kony because they are both perprators of genocide and crimes against humanity.

    I love Ocampo because he is the facilator of justice for those who will otherwise get no justice anywhere in the Sudan. If I were one of Mr. Bashir’s advisors, I would tell him to surrender to the court to depend himself in a dignified way. It is shameful for someone who calls himself president to be on the run. It does not make sense to me.

    One final point, it was reported the other day that women were flocked in public in Khartoum for violating the dress code imposed on them by Bashir, but he is afraid to face the judge. Coward. Judge not, and you will not be judged. But when you humiliate the innocents, you will also face the same fate.

    Kur

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    • 14 July 2009 07:01, by peemoney

      hahahha, oshay now u cry coz ur dad omar gonna bee arrested , u can go wit him fuck each another , fuck u and Bashir too who cares

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  • 14 July 2009 07:12, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    God be with ICC for arresting Bashir.

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    • 14 July 2009 07:27, by Ambago

      One really enjoys the way Uganda is playing with the fugitive. The roles are well divided. We now even know who is to do what.

      Museveni the big head plans the whole game. Ocampo comes and blesses the plot o legal grounds. Sam Kutesa the Ugandan Foreign Minister prepares the diplomatic platform for the breaking news.

      Even the arrest warrant is already with the Solicitor General. And we also aware the police are on full alert. Even the name of the police office to carry out the arrest of Al Bashir is known ( Gen. Kale Kavihura).

      Henry Oryem , the state minister for International Relations have also made sure that the invitation sent to Al Bashir by his neighbour President Museveni has already been dispatched , stressing how they would miss him if he fails to turn up..

      As was reported in the independent Sudanese Al-Sahafa newspaper, if Omer Al Bashir is really the tough guy he thinks he is, then let him go to Uganda on July 26 for the grand Ugandan-Turkish forum as scheduled. The rest to
      follow will be news.

      It is now the right moment for sane people to live up to their legal obligations and not merely follow dubious political decisions.

      The great spiritual leader, Reverend Desmond Tutu should again make it clear to the governments of Uganda, south Africa and the 30 African (member) state parties to the Rome Statue that they have this legal and morale obligations on them to arrest Al Bashir if they have to clearly distance themselves from impunity.

      President Obama, the son of Africa and our own blood has said this,” Now Africa does not need strongmen but it needs strong Institutions if it has to tackle its problems”. He said.

      The days of strongmen are long gone and the stage is now for the badly needed strong institutions which is our only offer towards peace and progress.

      To the people of Uganda, I say that the strong Museveni should allow the strong Ugandan Justice Institution to deal with al Bashir, and Uganda would be remembered as a rare example of an efficient institutionalism in Africa.

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    • 14 July 2009 07:32, by Apalo Mana

      If I were the President of the Sudan I should hand my self to the International Crimes of Courts with out any doubt so why then Mr President waiting for someone to hand him to the court I think it’s better to do it by your self

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  • 14 July 2009 08:37, by Father Critic

    Bhashir must be arrested whether he wishes or not.There are some people in Southern Sudan who are also in the waiting list but they do not know:Lam Akol and his friend in the Government of Southern Sudan are in our brackets.I would like to inform them early so that they should change before 2011.

    Critic Ngueny from Bor town.

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    • 14 July 2009 09:00, by Ajuscommando

      No need of too much comment on Bashir case of ICC since he committed war crime and crime against humanity in Weatern region of Sudan. Omer Bashir must to face justice believe it or not. Also we request ICC not to forget Dr.Riek Machar and Dr. Lam Akol on the messes killing they have did in Bor land in 1990s and many others areas in the South including Nuer sub-tribes conflict while Nuer were good people before. 3/4 of Nuer problems came from Riek poor decision and 2/4 of Nuer conflict within the community were create it by Riek as he sivide Nuer tribe. Ngueny Deng may be the right person brought to south but mistaken by Nuer to be another God.

      Ajus

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    • 14 July 2009 22:45, by Son of South SudanKG

      Critic father you have make a point there. The president of Sudan is going to face ICC one day in his life. And some of our leaders from South have to join him in the frontline too. But we have to note this: this is not the right time to arrest him and other leaders from the South. Can you imagent what is going to happen if we let it happen? I mean here by arresting the president and some of the leaders from South.
      I think if we let it happen, that means the Sudanese 3rd will be not faraway from us.

      Anyway there most be a big changes before 2’11. Those leaders have to bring Southern together and stop that shit tribalism. Otherwise we wouldn’t go far.

      And brother FBLB what you mean by these points?

      •My Equatorians alone with do much better than mixing with those junglese.

      •Logic is the chairman and founder of Equatorian Resistant Movement (ERM) after achieving its objectives and goals it will reverse to Sudanese Revolution Movement for Democratic (SRMD)

      Do you and your Equa bro’s think that you can’t do much better than those of Junglese? Brother come on, without those of Junglese I’m pretty sure that you could be still cleaning some of our bro’s from North …
      I personally don’t know who has foolish you. One thing I do know is that we need one of another. So you need those of Junglese.

      SOSSKG

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  • 14 July 2009 08:55, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Mr Famous Big-Logic-Boy < Fraud

    Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy < original

    Mr Museveni never panic about the rockets they import from China. South and Uganda are always together in time of trouble. If they want to fire your country we Southerners are behind to stand with you. My Equatorians alone with do much better than mixing with those junglese. No panic only showing the truth and doing your best is the key to be a hero. Arabs are nothing but terrorits who always like to see death and horribel things, those rockets were bought to terrorise with Africa as whole. I would suggest that East Africa is behind attack, because it had happened in Kenya before this time it will be general but East Africa and South will show their horns and prove their knowledge by crooking Bashir and his missiles to zero level. Those of Libya, Egypt and other arabs countries are the encourager, who pressure Bashir to buy such weapons to let him be tolerated to move freely, but this must not happend here in the land of BLACKs (Africa) . Criminals whether black or white deserv punishment. Think back to Liberia history what had happened to their crminal president and see now how is the country without him.

    Logic is the chairman and founder of Equatorian Resistant Movement (ERM) after achieving its objectives and goals it will reverse to Sudanese Revolution Movement for Democratic (SRMD)

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    • 14 July 2009 16:42, by anajenubi

      Mr Famous Big-Stupid-Boy
      will follow Bashir soon since your Madi tribe are involved in Kony’s attrocities.
      Iknow you are not happy cos Kony was indicted and Bashir is also most wanted. Make your decision faster either you to be south Sudanese cos we welcome anybody that is able to speak any broken language of any tribe in South Sudan Or Join your Madi tribe in In Uganda otherwise your future is the hell

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      • 14 July 2009 20:52, by chotpuarlieth

        Logic boy will never" die, he s say the right, people who ever support Bashir are on travel,all Mather fuckers who always support those terrorism will soon leave these land of black African, please mr museveni show that muslim mother fucker a Red card if he come across your counrty Ocampo and almighty GOD of black sudanese will help you to arest hime if God wake that snake muslim to visit your country.

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