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Sudan says Bashir to skip IGAD summit in Kenya

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March 4, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government announced that president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will not take part in the extraordinary summit of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Nairobi scheduled for next week.

Bashir received an invitation yesterday delivered by the visiting Kenyan foreign minister Moses Wetangula and Ethiopian minister of foreign affairs Seyoum Mesfin.

The pro-government Al-Rayaam newspaper quoted Sudanese foreign minister Deng Alor as saying that the presidency has previously declined the invitation due to being occupied with preparations for the April elections.

The Sudanese head of state risks arrests in Kenya, a Rome Statute signatory, as he is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for charges of masterminding crimes committed in Darfur.

Despite an African Union (AU) resolution last year for member states not to cooperate with the Hague based court none of the continents ICC members received the Sudanese head of state and other countries such as Uganda and South Africa even warned him to stay away to avoid apprehension

Yesterday Bashir addressing NCP supporters in the Sudanese capital said that he will continue to travel worldwide despite the warrant accusing world powers of standing behind his indictment.

“They are liars, hypocrites…this [my destiny] is not in the hands of the US or the UN and we will not kneel before them like others did” the Sudanese president said.

“We do not fear them and we will continue to travel because death can be through fever or malaria or a traffic accident but a happy death is to die as a martyr to join my fellows who were martyred” he added.

The Sudanese head of state managed to maintain ability to travel regionally to countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt, Eretria, Libya and going as far as Zimbabwe and Mauritania, none of which are ICC members.

But Bashir has also turned down several invitations over the past year to attend events in Uganda, Nigeria, Venezuela, Denmark, Turkey, South Africa and US.

Today the ICC president Judge Sang-Hyun Song expressed confidence that Bashir will eventually face justice.

"May I remind you of two previous similar occasions where President Slobodan Milosevic and President Charles Taylor of Sierra Leone were brought, surrendered before the ad hoc tribunals. When the arrest warrant was issued against these two individuals, pretty much people were laughing ... ’How could you bring the top person to justice? This is a joke" Song said at a briefing in the House of Commons in London.

"It took less than three years to get them brought before the tribunal and in the case of the arrest warrant for Mr al-Bashir, the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court knows no statute of limitations, so some day he will be brought to The Hague to face justice." he said.

Seperately, it was announced on Friday the Sudanese president will travel to Eritrea on a one day visit for discussions on bilateral relations.

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  • 5 March 2010 07:13, by DASODIKO

    HEH WAD ALJAAL! HE EATS THE FIRE. HE WILL GO ANYWHERE HE WANTS NOTHING ON EARTH CAN STOP HIM.

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    • 5 March 2010 07:35, by malith B.D

      Mr. President, remember you can never evade the mighty hand of justice for the rest of your life. If you really want to become a hero as you declared in your speech, please why don’t you volunatarily turn up at the Hague to clear yourself before the court from the charges made against you. If you do so, the whole world will know that you are innocent and you will be praised as a hero.

      What I know is that you Arabs are a race that brag and bark for nonsense.Late Saddam Hussein before US invasion was bragging just like you and when things became hot for him he went and hid in a hole just like a rat, an event which shocked and sense a shivering waves of disbelief throughout the Islamic world. "Saddam Hussein hiding in a hole" it was really unbelievable when Cable News Network (CNN) showed images of a bushy Saddam Hussein US marines doctors testing him to really identify his identity because the man looked like an ape in the stone age, half human and half an ape.

      Please be honest with yourself and your days are numbered, ICC is carefully surveiling your moves in and out of Sudan and justice will one day takes its course.

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    • 5 March 2010 13:44, by ontop dit

      hi, bashir you say you are a man of nation can you go and eat that.

      thank, by ontopdit.

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    • 6 March 2010 01:44, by Jay

      Bashir don’t have the balls to go to the summit, all he does is the empty look of seriousness in the public all the time. There is a different now between the real men and those who are not.

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  • 5 March 2010 07:22, by Dinka Boy

    Criminal Bashier, you have to stop crying before being hang like others you hang in the country. Great you know that death is something related.

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  • 5 March 2010 07:32, by TIM TOSH

    Dear icc judges,why Bashir is leaved loose to bahave like rabbies dog in the face international community and his fellow sudanese?By killing the peace keeper and UN staff.How powerfull he is?.If you are not able leave the sudanese to solved through all the main.

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  • 5 March 2010 07:51, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

    I knew it!

    That son of a bitch is to dodge this summit. He is now crying alah akbar alah akbar for no reason.

    The cancer is now almost to the neck, wow! he is soon dying. The arabs monkey is soon going to hell.Hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    ICC Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Marginalised Sudanese Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Be bless,

    Dneg Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

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    • 5 March 2010 08:06, by babadit

      By not going to the summit , Bashir thinks he will not be arrested.
      let him waste his time

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  • 5 March 2010 10:19, by Akuma

    Dear Sudanese!

    Criminals are investigated every wherethey move. President Bashir should Skip IGAD summit in Kenya because he fear that he may be capture by International Criminal Court members who are everywhere. But hidding or skipping summits will not help Bashir to face ICC court. It isgood forhim to surrender himself like Saddam Hussien of Iraq.

    Those summits he always skips are very essential to sudanese people and the development of the country sudan, so if he always dodges world summits like that, then Sudan will remainbehind in term of economics growth.

    Our constitution can help Bashir not face ICC but not to hide. How long will he be keep hidding?

    Dr. Akuma, Chicago USA

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  • 5 March 2010 12:38, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    During the time you are killing the inocent Darfuri people you are not appeared of doing it,today why are you fear of going to IGAD sumit in Kenya? feel it also.
    One harvest according on what he or she culivated,do not be apeared of going, try your level best Mr criminal President,or arrest yourself before they caugh you by force.

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