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Libya becomes first nation to receive Sudan defence minister after ICC warrant

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March 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein took part in a regional conference in the Libyan capital Tripoli making it his first trip abroad since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for him earlier this month.

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Sudanese Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein attends the closing session of a ministerial conference on regional cooperation in the Libyan capital Tripoli on March 12, 2012 (AFP)

Hussein’s attendance at the two day ministerial regional conference on border security, which started on Sunday, had not been previously announced by Sudan’s state media nor was there any coverage of his activities there.

Other countries participating included Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia. Most delegations were led by interior and defence ministers.

The opening of the gathering was addressed by Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib and National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

The ICC judges decided earlier this month that there were sufficient grounds to hold Hussein responsible for 20 counts of crimes against humanity, including persecution and rape, and 21 counts of war crimes, including murder and attacks on civilians between the years 2003-2004 in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

Khartoum said it is not concerned with the warrant as it is not a member of the Hague based court. Hussein joins Sudan’s president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who was indicted by the ICC in 2009. The Sudanese government have refused to handover any of its citizens to the court.

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Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib (c) and National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil chair the opening session a ministerial conference on regional cooperation in Tripoli on March 11, 2012 (AFP)

Libya has no legal obligation to arrest Hussein as it is not signatory to the Rome Statute which is the founding text of the ICC. The north African nation allowed Bashir to visit last January without arresting him.

The visit was criticised by the United States which said it brought up the issue with Libyan officials. But the European Union (EU), which took the lead on enforcing a No Fly Zone during Gaddafi’s crackdown on opposition last year, maintained silence.

Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) which managed to topple Muammar Gaddafi’s 41-years old rule last October, has asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to involve the ICC in investigating atrocities committed following the outbreak of the uprising in early 2011.

The ICC issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Sanoosi for crimes against humanity. Saif al-Islam was captured by local rebels near the border with Niger last November but they have refused to hand him over to Tripoli’s central authority or the ICC.

Gaddafi was killed by Libyan rebels while Sanoosi remains at large despite reports of his arrest.

Mohammed al-Alaqi, the former justice minister at the NTC suggested that receiving Bashir was more of a pragmatic decision.

“I personally agree that there is a moral obligation to arrest Bashir, but this is not the position of the Libyan government right now – they are racing against time to restore law and order and stability to the country so the considerations of the government are different… and the world should not forget that the Libyan revolution and people received considerable support from the government of Sudan in overthrowing Gaddafi,” al-Alaqi said.

At the Tripoli conference which concluded today, the participating countries agreed to work together to secure their borders in a move to clamp down on militia clashes and weapons smuggling in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.

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  • 13 March 2012 05:29, by Sundayw

    Looks like the West backed the wrong horse on this Libya thing. Gaddafi was at least the devil we knew. Now we are faced with Islamist regime in Libya flaunting international conventions and laws. They should arrest Hussein and send him to The Hague as a token of gratitude for what NATO did.

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  • 13 March 2012 05:31, by Aameen

    So what? this Sudantribune being run by Southernse is a joke, why don’t you talk about your problem in the south where i learn that the Dinkas are taking their vice persident to country for murdering Dinkas? shame on you south sudantribune,

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    • 13 March 2012 06:25, by zulu

      Arrest that man. He is wanted just like Ghadafi’s son is wanted and must be handed to ICC for trial. Lunatics foxes who look for chances saw it coming by helping to topol Ghadafi knew they could ally with TMC to safe guard their position. Stupid dogs.

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    • 13 March 2012 07:38, by Tambura

      What sudantribun have to do with opinion of people you sucks,why you spend your time to get account on it if it run by southerns? Our VP is not wanted criminal by ICC fool. The big joke is they allowed you to post here.Arabs came to Sudan without women to sell their salt we gave them our sister for free what we got in return was fake brainwashed black arabi read to kill, good one is a dead one...

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  • 13 March 2012 05:45, by Madina Tonj

    Sudan gov, are campaigning strongly against Western and this is why they are going to oriented those who side with Western nations or American. Omar send his defense M. to all North Africa and Middle East just like this and I don’t real know why Western nations ignoring the fact that, small power did play a dirty role, this is what Sudanese officials are doing now. Sudan gov, need regime change

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    • 13 March 2012 07:17, by mohammed ali

      Tonj, just carry-on licking the white-man shoes for enslaving Africa for centuries. Morons like you, only think that the white-man loves them, they will only invest in your ignorance, brai-wash you and then discard you like a disposable soft drink bottle in the nearst dust pin.As long as you are licking their shoes they will never respect you and you will remain sub-human in their eyes!

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      • 13 March 2012 07:21, by mohammed ali

        Tonj, why don’t you come and do regime change yourself! Aren’t you competent or you don’t trust yourself.Don’t you feel like a man to do it yourself.You should remain enslaved by your asylum visa , but we know how to defend our country, because we were born free and taugt the world what is civilization more 9000 years ago.

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        • 13 March 2012 09:57, by Chok Deng

          Al-bashir,Hussein,Ahmed Arun,Kusheif,must be arrest and handed to Icc,finish.They are the cause of many problems in Sudan,These problems are;
          1-Revolutions in Sudan.
          2-Sanctions.
          3-High prices.
          4-Slow death in prisons.
          5-Tribal conflicts in the South.

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        • 13 March 2012 13:39, by zulu

          Mohm
          Aren’t you in the eyes of a white man a Nigger, just as you are not Arab, but Abeed infront of an Arab? You are delusional brother from another mother.

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      • 13 March 2012 16:54, by Logic

        Bla bla bla

        The West, the White man, Israel etc etc are all evil but the countless racist Khartoum regimes who misused religion and cultural differences to oppress the poor Sudanese are somehow angels!!!

        Where the f**k do you retards get your sense of reason from? when pointing a finger at the West, point a few at your selves you racist delusional bigots.

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  • 13 March 2012 06:59, by peaceful South

    All Sudan government officials are of international concern when they travel anywhere.....why is the country governed by criminals?

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  • 13 March 2012 07:21, by silk Kottora

    I believe current rulers of Libya should go to the ICC for the crimes they committed against the black Africans.But NATO political and Military Leaders should go to the ICC first, on the basis of the principle" first criminal first tried". Who was behind the killing of President Gadhafi in that brutal manner? The answer: NATO. Who did enable the criminal to commit their heinous crime? Ans:NATO

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  • 13 March 2012 07:53, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Dear Abu Jalabaya & Mohammed Ali,
    It looks like that you guys are well informed of all historical facts, but, you are too ignorant to admit & accept realities of today’s world.
    George W. Bush did that to remove Saddam Hussein, who was world’s security threat, establisher of Al Qaeda networks that kill innocent people. Isrealis are protecting themselves against these threats. N why is Bashir

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  • 13 March 2012 08:31, by viper

    Nato, U.S and their allies are going to regret for what they did to late Ghazafi and Libya in general. They brought unidentified elements to Libya, who are now trying to divide it to clans, a team composed of terrorist elements and former criminals in the Ghazafi regime. How can they allow this criminal to land on the soil that was liberated by US & Nato if they are not criminals also?

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    • 13 March 2012 19:51, by Northern Sudanese

      viper YOU MOTHERFUCKER.....
      STFU AND GO FEED YOUR HUNGRY PEOPLE....... THERE IS A PROBLEM IN SOUTH SUDAN, A CATTLE IS MORE WORTH THAN YOU IN S.SUDAN NOWADAYS..... GO FIX THAT PROBLEM, FIND FOOD,FIX ECONOMY,BUILT SCHOOLS,HOSPITALS AND THEN SPEAK........ US HAS TURNED IT’S BACK ON U....... SORT YOUR OWN PROBLEMS.......

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  • 14 March 2012 01:21, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Hi Poke! this Abdel-Rahim Mohamed not be arrested. He is the one who liberated Tripoli. Sudanese elite where the one that were battled in to tripoli. So he is their Allied. we will over throw him here in sudan he can run to libya. sudan give a huge supplied of Arm Libyan Rebell that over Mohammer Gadhafi. He is treated as part of NTC. so he enjoy the fruit in Libya there. soon his time is comming.

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