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March 30, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese government maintained silence on a disclosure made by Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi relating to a remark made by president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir before a national commission of inquiry established in 2004 to investigate alleged right abuses in Darfur.

A video posted to the You Tube website showed Turabi addressing audience in Al-Hajj Yusuf area east of Khartoum at an unspecified date this month talking about Bashir’s indictment last year by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

Last month, ICC appeals chamber ordered the pre-trial judges to reconsider genocide charges against Bashir.

"The UN Security Council for which you are a member said this [Darfur] case should be referred [to ICC] and you were cooperating [with ICC] and you were happy saying yes take it to the court, I am sure the court won’t find anything....Once it reached [Bashir] him, Ocampo [ICC prosecutor] was received here, [they] honored him; three years his [Ocampo] teams were working [inside Sudan]," Al-Turabi said

“Even the Sudanese commission did the same thing. One senior [member] from the commission, without naming him, said after we were sworn in [before Bashir] we sat down with the person that we took the oath before him, you know who is," he added.

"He [Bashir] told us, [if] this Gharbawia [Darfuri woman], when a Ja’ali [man from the Ja’al tribe] man humps her, is this an honor or rape?”

The commission member according to the Turabi told him that "his hair stood on end" when heard Bashir’s comment and was speechless.

"I swear to you in the name of god this story was told to me [by someone] I know very well" the Popular Congress Party (PCP) leader said.

The Sudanese president in May 2004 issued a decree establishing the National Commission of Inquiry in Darfur chaired by Dafa Allah Elhadj Yousuf who is a longtime and close friend of Turabi. It was mandated with collecting information on alleged violations of human rights in the restive region.

The panel found that "serious violations" were committed by all parties to the conflict and recommended prosecutions by the state against the perpetrators but so far little has emerged about domestic trials for the suspects.

The video of Turabi was widely circulated amid shock and disbelief on a racially sensitive topic.

Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed, editor of al-Wifaq newspaper, was kidnapped from his home in 2006. His decapitated body was found in the streets of Khartoum a day later.

The authorities said that the nine convicts who carried out the gruesome crime had been infuriated by an article in Taha’s paper, which used unflattering language to describe Darfuri women and their claims on being raped.

All men were sentenced to death by hanging.

One political observer in Khartoum who asked not to be named told Sudan tribune that Bashir’s "pride in his Ja’ali heritage may have prompted this unwise remark before the commission".

"President Bashir says many things publicly that do not suit a leader of a country so he may be even more daring privately but Turabi also has motives to lie. Either way if the [Sudanese presidency] does not step in to deny this thing could grow like a snowball out of control" he said.

In 2008 seven people were killed and 107 were wounded in clashes between members of the Hausa tribe and Sudanese authorities in different parts of the country after a newspaper attributed a statement to Bashir in which he described them as "foreigners with no presence in the country" in light of their Nigerian origins.

Bashir rushed to meet with Hausa leaders and swore to them that what was published in the interview was not true. At the time ruling party officials accused Turabi’s party of standing behind the riots.

Sudan Tribune received a last minute cancellation of an interview that was arranged with Turabi on Tuesday.

Turabi was Bashir’s close political and religious ally since the 1989 coup until they split in a bitter power struggle in 1999-2000. Since then he has been in and out of jail but was released along with all other political prisoners after a north-south peace deal in 2005.

He was the one of few political leaders in the country to publicly call on Bashir to surrender himself to the ICC. The Sudanese president is accused by ICC prosecutors masterminding a campaign to wipe out the Fur, Masaalit and Zaghawa African ethnic groups in Darfur.

Sudan does not recognize the court and calls it a Western plot to isolate and fragment the country. Despite numerous reports on rape being used as a weapon of war, Sudan says it runs contrary to culture of Sudanese.

Last November, a UN report said sexual violence was "rampant" in Darfur. The report said researchers documented more than 50 cases of sexual and gender based violence, sometimes by uniformed men, on a visit to Darfur from July to August 2009, adding women in one camp reported up to 35 cases a week when they were out farming.

Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) said that Bashir’s remarks "demonstrates the Islamist ideology of the regime".

"This is a mentality that views us in Darfur as slaves and think they are entitled to rape our women as punishment as part of the genocide campaign" Al-Nur said.

"This is worst than apartheid because at least in South Africa it was a policy and public law where in Sudan it is hidden" he added.

Today Sudan official news agency (SUNA) quoted as Bashir pledging to form a "separate ministry of culture to renounce sectarianism, racism and partisanship to create a solid foundation for national unity".

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  • 31 March 2010 07:15, by Gai Kuol Deng

    THANKS TO THEIR POWER STRUGGLE; SECRETS ARE NOMORE BETWEEN THESE TWO EVILS.

    This is how they all think about non arabs in the sudan, raping or even killing them is not a crime or a sin. That’s what Bashir had said yet he claims to be religiose or maybe that’s what is taught to them in islam.
    After the signing of the CPA, SPLA released over three thousand prisoners of war, Bashir didn’t have a single prisoner to release, when asked by ICRC his response was "we were fighting and killing we don’t keep prisoners".
    My dear marginalised masses, the Dar furis, the Easterners, the Nuba, Danagla, Funj and Maban; wakeup and teach this wicked minority a lesson. as for us here in the South, we are already a different coutry but we stand ready to support you in any capacity to free yourself from these evils.

    This time round nobody is gonna fight for you Mohamed Ali, you’re gonna face our ruth directly and we ’re gonna strip your mothers naked in the streets of your po-dunk cities you bastrads who have no regard for human life and dignity. We ’re gonna cupture and drag this your fugitive bastard terrorist Bashir to the ICC and be hung like your former master Saddam.
    You Mohamed will very soon be kissing my ass, we ’re at the countdown damn.

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    • 31 March 2010 14:44, by Kuany Dak

      Dear all,

      I think it is right thing that the ICC indicated Al Bashir over war crime, crime against humanity and fall short of genocide charges. You ’re a president in your own country then order your troops to conduct Darfur’s women rape, killings, and displacement in massive number. Yet, you’re telling whole world that you’re fine while incompetent to lead your own people.

      Darfurians have right to take arm if they were treated as slave in their own motherland of sudan. Every ethnicity has a ground in sudan, it is only two, arabs and Africans. Darfurians have Nigerians and chadian ground, but they are Africans indigenious. Arabs men cannot rape their women,kill and enslave them, due to such background as Bashir is claimed.

      It is unfortunate that Bashir and his men are killing Darfurians people and rape their women in the name of Islam. Yet, your ’re claiming no sin and serious crime against humanity given such religion. I thank God there is ICC mandated by international communities which deal with such criminal like Al Bashir who is a Jalaa man and gone with impunity while rapping Darfur women.

      How do you elect Omer Al bashir in this situation in democratically process whereby, you the people of sudan have right to finish in your power of ballet vote? Let’s send Bashir to hell and men who follow his practise.

      Bashir’s accusing western government of plotting against Sudan while he is plotting against his people. Western government come in when your people are crying for help then, they come, it is you inviting problem.

      South Sudan is treated the same way for 54 years of underdevelopment infrastructure, islamization, arabization, slavery and forced unity by various leaders in the North sudan. Bashir says unity is good option in sudan. Displaced and killed thousands of people during 1990s, for prospect of oil sharing nothing with communities and compensate such destruction, yet you’re thinking unity is paramount for Sudan.

      You’re taking every day 50% of oil produced in the south whereby, others national resources in the north are not shared in wealth sharing agreement, yet you’re expecting south sudan is not going to vote separation. Is it not separation inevitable?

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  • 31 March 2010 07:25, by Gatwech

    Disgusting remarks!

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  • 31 March 2010 08:08, by Dinka Boy

    Dear readers and Darfur people,

    The killing of people of Darfur seem unpleasant to the eyes of human activists. Now, how can we Sudanese and international human right discribe Omer Bashier? Bashier and his Khartoum elites are the one destroying the country for centuries because of them being the activists of killing and undermining Sudanese.

    This militia employed by Bashier to undermine the lives of people of Darfur will not relent their activities unless we all Sudanese vote out criminal Bashier out in power. I encouraged Darfurians to vote for Yasir Arman and not Bashier because Bashier is the killer of Sudanese and he completely want to cleanse the entire African identity in the whole country because he anticipates Sudan to be an Arab nation.

    Please, you guys need to wake up this time because Bashier always used you/Darfurians against the South Sudanese and at the same time he encouraged mistreatment. Let vote criminal out of presidency so that ICC can take care of him in this forthcoming election. Thanks

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    • 31 March 2010 08:37, by Hassan

      Yasir Arman in our opinion is a big traitor who betrayed his own people ,and joined the enemy.What do you expect of such person?Northeners will benifit nothing from this guy,only SPLM will make use of him to serve their own ends.Yasir arman for us is like a spent over sweet gum that lost its flavor,and taste.
      Hassan -kassala

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      • 31 March 2010 08:43, by Dinka Boy

        Hassan,

        You are free to vote for Omer El Bashier so that he can castrate you alive. Stop talking against Yasir Arman dear because he did not killed 300,000 Darfurians. If you like your killer then go ahead,but stop complianing. I doubt whether you are from Darfur. It seems you are ugle criminal Bashier. We South Sudanese know how to deal with Bashier government, the only people whom we are worried are weak Darfurians who does not know their identity.
        Thanks

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        • 31 March 2010 12:06, by Hassan

          If Yasir Arman lost totall orientation who do you expect us to blame,Arman is behaving in a manner that jeopardizes the exsistence of his own people,may he is of some short term benefit for you Southners ,so you are defending him,but for us we will get nothing from him.
          Hassan Kassala

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      • 31 March 2010 10:11, by Padiet Deng Alony

        To hassan

        Are you in Kassala that Kassala is belong to Darfurian not those who in the North, you might be weak hearted darfurian who bloodsucking their own people; in which your freedom fighter Abdel wed El-Nur is struggling for thier sake.Hei watch out Modern South Sudan Nation on gate.

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  • 31 March 2010 08:30, by murlescrewed

    Al-Bashir has said some stupid stuff that have not been made public. He is an ethnic chauvinist who will have to answer to saying things that should not be thought of let alone being uttered.

    There is nothing superior about Ja’ali tribe. They are not above innocent Darfuri women who have suffered enough.

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  • 31 March 2010 08:45, by Dinka Boy

    Hassan,

    You are free to vote for Omer El Bashier so that he can castrate you alive. Stop talking against Yasir Arman dear because he did not killed 300,000 Darfurians. If you like your killer then go ahead,but stop complianing. I doubt whether you are from Darfur. It seems you are ugle criminal Bashier. We South Sudanese know how to deal with Bashier government, the only people whom we are worried are weak Darfurians who does not know their identity. Thanks

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  • 31 March 2010 08:52, by AAMA

    Simply a very shameful story, whether true or not. Just the fact that we are discussing such filthy comments shows how shallow and ignorant our country leaders have become, what is the solution? we are sick and tired of this nonsense!!!

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    • 31 March 2010 09:26, by Sober

      Vote for Yasir Arman and he will handover Bashir to the ICC with the first day in office and the Bashir will be repay for his work against Humanity like Sadam

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      • 31 March 2010 10:21, by mohammed ali

        Obviously the Sheikh will say anything to destroy Albasheer.He is now above 75 years old and his greed for power had led him to descend thatlow.The most dirty thug in Khartoum streets will respect himself enough to utter such a filthy language!

        The demented Sheikh has forgotten that it is him who told people that Albasheer is the gift and blessing from Heaven to Earth.He has forgotten that Albasheer is not Jalay and he is a Bederia and had never identified himself as a jalaye!

        Now seeing the millions rallying behind Albasheer he resorted to the use of the most dirty,vulgar ,filthy and sleazy campaign!

        It is a shame..shame..shame!

        The demented Sheikh has become a pathological lier!

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      • 31 March 2010 12:10, by Hassan

        Sadam is a great hero,he is not a traitor

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    • 31 March 2010 22:16, by Time1

      AAMA

      This shows you that some leaders have nothing to say to the public during elections or even when there is no elections, all they can do is use street languagues to further their ignorance and stupidity, tell the the last time the president made a professional and decent speech expected from a president of a country?

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  • 31 March 2010 09:56, by Northsudanes

    lets us all not vote for this omar al bashir so we all can feel resting and happy in our life. lets us all not vote for omar al bashir because we achaive our freedom and equality and also for our most things is our children future because omar al bashir did not offer anything for our children. by the way the truth can not be hide and the true will set you free and by the way bashir has no more place to go accpet to ICC. Im just wondering why people still behind him when he can not cross the sea and bring you something you need it all i know his life is done because he is like in the jack in the box. thank u.

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    • 31 March 2010 10:37, by mohammed ali

      Northsudanese,

      If at all, you know Sudanese,exactly such a filthy propganda is driving millions of Sudanese to stand behind Albasheer.You keep wondering why people are still behind him.It is because we are SUDANESE. We donnot want anything from outside,our dignity and pride donnot come from outside , it is within us!

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      • 31 March 2010 16:55, by KingTaharqa

        A few questions for Mohammed, and All Bastards in the North!!!
        1-How did you think your nation was concieved? Rape, and Murder
        2-Of all Sudanese, why do you want Al-Bastard-Shir for your President? To continue Rape, and Murder. for your Masters the Still Bastards the Arabs in Doha, and etc.
        3-Do you really think your Violence against us will break the hearts of the Lions? Ask your Real fathers the whitemen in Hitti, Jamica, USA, etc they will tell you the history of trying to tame the Lions.
        Your defense of your master the Bastard-Shir, just proves what kind of people those millions Bastards who are behind a killer, but that’s just your way of living, from the begining of your made up blood, Dignity, pride, and honor do not exist the Northern Sudan, specially never in Khartoum.
        But you know what table is turned. you see it? ta go dread!!!

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        • 1 April 2010 00:35, by mohammed ali

          Taharga,

          It is good you are carrying a good name of our anchesters.

          Simply they donnot believe in this propoganda.Why donnot ask southerners turning in southands to the president’s rallies!I am sure that you will be astonished to discover that the majority of southerners will vote him.

          Arman discovered that and ran away!

          Your vulgar language doesn’t make you right, it simply showes the weakness of your argument!

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          • 1 April 2010 17:02, by KingTaharqa

            Tell the world Mr. Mohammed, what is the origin of Northern Sudanese (Arab want to be)?
            The word Bastard might be vulgar, but its a descriptive name that carry a meaning, I could have used other curse words, but this descripes your people, even if you denied it, just like you claim to be Arab, wouldn’t make it so, I read some of your comments were you claim you can be what you want to be!! only speaks of a person with no origin, therefor they can be anything, you see we are African, and not any other thing!!
            I always bring this up because the root of our problems in Sudan really, and truly is one of Identity conflict, before it being a religous Jihad, aganist the innocent, and your defense of the international fugitive just proves it.

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      • 1 April 2010 00:15, by visitor

        You don’t want anything from outside? What about the computer you are using? Rather a handy thing, is it not? Or do you really just want camels and foule? Being patriotic doesn’t mean you have to elect murderers just because they are Sudanese!

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        • 1 April 2010 01:23, by mohammed ali

          Vistor,

          Who said I want to elect murderer?The Sudanese people will elece their presdent and I am ready to hear thier verdict.For suer they will not elect somebody who murder them.To my people , I will listen.Not to sombody from outside, even a computer!

          There is nothing wrong with camel and donkey’s, still people are using.I am sure they are more happy than me and you! Foul I am still en joying it, would you like to join!

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  • 31 March 2010 11:30, by telfajbago

    I do not think the military dictator El Bashir did any standard education or being to school because his statements to the media always resembles his dirty ass. It’s this ethnicity- motivated mentality that drove El Bashir mad to commit genocide in Darfur, but remember your days are numbered, sooner than soon you will be caught like a rat.

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    • 31 March 2010 12:09, by DASODIKO

      Yeah Turabi as their father who brought them up all knows them very well. Even if he publish a new statement about another Islamist, then he is also correct. Turabi one day said that after thier first man they have chozen apologized to be a president after their military coup then they brought Bashir. He said, "we have chozen Al Bashir because we know he can lie without apearing the on his face. adding that he is coward like a chichen; therefore he must be given two roles Mariwana to smoke before he deliver any speech. So do you call this man a president? Shame on you all.

      Shame also on the fake history created after English colony,

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    • 31 March 2010 12:29, by James

      Shame upon you Bashir.When a Ja ali mount a westerner,it would be a big disgrace.The whole Sudan knows that most people from ’Shamalia’ are sodomites,& that is why most of them are infertile such as Bashir himself.Ja ali is not suppose to contaminate a westerner who is 100% clean.Accumulation of faeces in Ja ali urethrer together with thousands of micro organisms that are commensal in human gut & extremely damaging in human reproductive system,is not an honour but a disgrace.

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      • 31 March 2010 14:44, by sheeple

        This is very common among satanist.

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        • 31 March 2010 21:27, by kuminyandi

          Breaking News.

          SPLM withdraw it presidential candidate Yassir Arman from Election.

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          • 31 March 2010 22:11, by Time1

            This is to give chance to the opposition candidates to challenge omer bashir. ofcourse Omer bashir will not get votes in the south but he is most like to win in the north.

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            • 1 April 2010 00:40, by mohammed ali

              Time,

              donnot commit yourself.He will get.Even the shuluk’s king came to Khartoum and declared his support to Albasheer.

              Arman found out this fact, and ran away.He can not claim that the NCP riged the elections in the South!

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  • 31 March 2010 22:09, by Time1

    This is the reality of what is going on in Sudan, people like talking about other people behind their backs but not in their faces. But Turabi is also known for spreading rumours about issues that only he knows bout, Turabi was part of this crooked government, but Omer bashir should clearly apologise to the Darfur people for this vulgar statement. Darfur should be given their full rights and also be respected as any other Sudanese, because how will the north live in peace if they start to marginalise and discriminate against Darfur people? this means there is going to be more wars between the Darfur side and the Arab side, the best way forward is for the northern Arabs to aknowledge the rights of Darfuris and live in peace together, since both groups are muslims.

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    • 31 March 2010 22:19, by Time1

      When is the last time Omer bashir ever made a decent and inspiring speech to the people?

      Is "humping a gharbawia" really what Sudanese people want to hear from the president during elections? make your own choices through the ballot box on the 11th.

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      • 1 April 2010 00:44, by mohammed ali

        Time,

        And you believe in the gossip of a hatful, desparate old man who lost everything he worked for at the age of 75 .

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