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Sudan’s Bashir heads to Chad on Tuesday for fourth time since ICC arrest warrant

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April 9, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir will fly to Chad on Tuesday to attend the Great Green Wall summit, an official in Khartoum confirmed.

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FILE - Sudan’s President Omer Al Bashir (L) welcomes Chad’s President Idriss Deby at Khartoum Airport May 23, 2011 (Reuters)

The Sudanese foreign minister spokesperson Abu-Bakr al-Sideeg told pro-government al-Rayaam daily that Bashir will jet in to Ndjamena in the evening for the conference which starts Wednesday.

He added that Bashir will be accompanied by presidential affairs minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, foreign minister Ali Karti and minister of Environment and Forestry Hassan Abdel-Gadir Hilal who is already in Chad for the ministerial meeting.

The summit was originally scheduled for last month but was delayed amid speculations that it was postponed over controversy related to Bashir’s presence.

Bashir has been wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2009 on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.

Last month Chad’s foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat denied that his government asked Bashir not to attend and dismissed reports of international pressure to shun the Sudanese leader.

This will be Bashir’s fourth visit to Chad, which is a signatory to the Rome Statute, the founding document of the ICC.

African countries rallied behind Bashir and issued resolutions stating that they will not cooperate with the ICC in apprehending the Sudanese leader even if Bashir visits countries which have ratified the Rome Statue.

This has enabled Bashir to visit African ICC signatories such as Kenya, Malawi, Djibouti and Chad without incident.

During Chad’s thorny relations with Sudan, president Idriss Deby vowed at one point to execute the arrest warrant against Bashir, rejecting African Union (AU) resolutions granting him immunity. However, as relations improved Deby reversed his position.

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  • 9 April 2013 10:02, by steven

    The collaboration between neighbors is important to provide development and improvement of the entire region

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  • 9 April 2013 11:12, by ForAll

    I am not supporter of al-Bashir and NCP but I openly said loudly that I don’t want any African to be send to the private court ICC.
    Yes for ICJ but first National and African courts.
    Yes for the NATIONAL SUDANESE COURT that is not biased to any political party or group.

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    • 9 April 2013 12:16, by Observer

      It was the African and Latin American countries who requested that the ICC be formed- to stop interference by outside countries. ( go to the ICC website or Wikipedia for details about the establishment of the ICC.
      Because a lot of judicial systems are not independent of the govt or that countries are not able to or willing to investigate or prosecute under their own system that the ICC exists

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      • 9 April 2013 14:44, by ForAll

        Bear in mind that the 3 important of UNSC (USA, RUSSIA and CHINA) are not and will not become members of ICC.
        ICC is the strong supporter of new colonization for Africa and south America

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      • 9 April 2013 19:48, by Mohammed Ali 2

        No that is not true Mr.Observer,it was the European Union who proposed it.After-all it is applied only against African.Did anyone asked Toby Blair who was forced to resign from his post becaused he lied to the parliment about an illeagal war " according to Kofi Anan" which turened a very prosperous country into the stone age with huge security problems.It is funny for those who enslaved....

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        • 9 April 2013 19:52, by Mohammed Ali 2

          con: others for centuries to speak about " human rights".Those like you who like to be enslaved by the white man will continue licking their shoes and bowing for them for ever!We won’t !

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  • 9 April 2013 12:18, by Observer

    At least the new Kenyan President has the courage to go to the ICC and defend himself as he believes he is innocent.
    If our President is so convinced he is innocent of what he is charged with why doesn’t he follow the lead of President Kenyatta.

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    • 9 April 2013 14:47, by ForAll

      Kenya must start with unity between the president group and prime minister group and then we go for Strong African court.

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    • 9 April 2013 15:01, by ForAll

      You need to go through the difference between ICJ and ICC; and then you will know if you are an effective IC member.
      Luis Gabriel Moreno Ocampo of ICC committed sexual harassment in South Africa and kicked an African from his JOB; because he raised legal complains against him.
      But ILO compensated him

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  • 9 April 2013 12:51, by Oppressor

    It has been observed that " Observer" is appearing with his funny comments whenever news talks against Sudan / NCP . ICC definition,Latin countries & not against African plz Give us a break i believe they bought ur dummy mind funny observer..

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    • 9 April 2013 15:27, by Observer

      Oppressor,
      Please translate what you are trying to say as your post makes no sense at all.
      I know who has the "dummy mind" ( whatever that means!) and it isn;t me

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    • 9 April 2013 19:59, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Opressor, no they didn’t buy him, he "donated" himself the white-man! Those who enslave themselves will not worth half a penny!

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  • 9 April 2013 13:44, by Wen Majokweng

    Mr Bashir is running up and down but ICC will not leave him.

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    • 9 April 2013 16:53, by ForAll

      Luis Moreno Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has had his knuckles rapped by the International Labour Organisation for sacking the head of the ICC’s public relations department, Christian Palme.

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  • 9 April 2013 13:58, by Wen Majokweng

    Those of ICC Leaders are not even serise to caught him b,se no one is above the laws.

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    • 9 April 2013 16:58, by ForAll

      In October 2006 Mr Palme submitted a complaint claiming that Mr Moreno Ocampo had sexually abused a female journalist in South Africa. He was acquitted when the alleged victim declared that no sexual abuse had occurred. However, the ILO is highly critical of the fact that Mr Moreno Ocampo was personally involved in Mr Palme’s dismissal, when he should have remained impartial.

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      • 9 April 2013 16:59, by ForAll

        Disgruntled
        The ILO complaint has added to the pressure on the chief prosecutor. Internally, people have long been unhappy with his working methods. A number of employees have already resigned in protest at his loner behaviour.

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  • 9 April 2013 17:01, by ForAll

    There has also been much criticism inside and outside the ICC of his decision to prosecute Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for genocide. International experts think it unlikely he has enough evidence. There are also fears that the accusation will only lead to more suffering for the people of Sudan.

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  • 9 April 2013 17:45, by ForAll

    Criticism
    The ILO’s pronouncement puts additional pressure on Mr Moreno Ocampo’s position at the court. ICC-watchers say that, for some time now, there has been serious criticism of his methods within his own department, resulting in the departure of several employees. They accuse him of operating too much on his own and of paying little attention to any criticism of his policies.

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    • 9 April 2013 20:55, by Observer

      For All,
      You are talking as if Moreno Ocampo still works for the ICC.
      I assume you know that he left the ICC mid last year??

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      • 10 April 2013 05:55, by ForAll

        Yes Moreno Ocampo replaced by our African sister "Fatou Bensouda" ..no change as she is brain washed.
        ICC will remain the main enemy of the third world peoples and in particular Africans,
        WE need African court

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