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Eritrea says ICC accusations against Sudan president are an "insult”


July 22, 2008 (ASMARA) — The Eritrean government has rejected accusations by the prosecutor of the international Criminal Court (ICC) against Sudanese president, Omer al-Bashir describing it as an “insult”.

On Monday July 14, The ICC’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked pre-trial judges to issue arrest warrants for Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order al-Bashir’s arrest.

"This phenomenon, which can only be interpreted as an “insult”, is a manifestation of the harassment that has been accumulating." The Eritrean foreign ministry said in a statement released today.

"As such it must be rejected and challenged." The statement added.

Speaking to the Eritrean TV, the Sudanese Ambassador to Eritrea, Salah Mohamed al-Hassan, praised the supportive stance of Asmara government to the Sudanese president. He further said that it comes in line with the historical relations between the people of the two countries.

Al-Hassan further said that this move of the ICC prosecutor is designed to undermine peace security and development in Sudan.


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  • 23 July 2008 11:34, by Aketch

    The charges against Omar el Bashir
    by ICC are five major ones among others: icluding three of genocide and two of murder.If Eritrea appears to know the right person who carried out those crimes, then Let them come forward in order for her Omar to be cleared of these charges.

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    • 23 July 2008 15:17, by Mabior De Maluk Deng

      Hi Eritreans and your Prime Minister,

      shame on you Mr. prime Minister of calling Al-Bashir’s indictment as an insults on the President.
      Is killing of the innocent lives in Darfur by Bashir regime an insults when airing out by the ICC?

      Pliz Eritrea, mind your own affairs; have you come to terms with the Ethiopian on your border, that you inovled in Sudan’s internal affairs?
      Leave sudan alone to manage its own affairs!

      Man Of The People, Because I Speak The Language Of The People.

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      • 23 July 2008 22:42, by zeragito

        Eritrea does not have a Prime Minister, just a President. I don’t know why he is so involved in Sudan’s business when there is more important things for him to take care of in Eritrea. Besides Sudan’s leaders never gave Eritrea this kind of support, they were too busy accusing him and Eritrea of helping the Sudanese rebels...SPLA and the Darfur rebels and all of those rebels who have their main offices in Eritrea. But if you forget it was Eritrea’s confusing President who said it, isn’t it truly insulting that the ICC puts a Sudanese leader on trial when Bush walks free? Shouldn’t Bush and the American military
        be on trial first? But USA does not even recognize the ICC and bribed many countries in the world to agree never to allow Americans to be tried by ICC.
        Now they want Sudan’s oil and they’re trying to use "human rights" and ICC to get it...This is all run by the west...
        Sudan’s internal problems should be solved by the Sudanese themselves, by negotiation. When you ask the west for help, they charge a very heavy fee and
        end up owning you and all your resources...

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  • 23 July 2008 21:30, by Daniel Kalaka

    It’s good to praise and challenge in what so ever way you may choose to express your view of point but later it turns around you! It’s what you do that justifying your action .Remember crime,murder & genocide any person does that s/he must be penalise without faile regardless of what title s/he deserve or entitle for in this planet.person who support Bashir’s ideas was devil and both of them have to go to hell.Killing innocent people is what matters and are big offense before God Almighty.

    Big X 0r wrong to eritrea foreign minister and tomorrow you can follow Bashir in hague big congratulate to Mr Marone Ocampo for his support to innocent people whom had shade their blood .long live to ICC!

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