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December 2, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir agreed to stay the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador for only two weeks after which punitive measures will proceed.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir (AFP)

In a statement released late on Friday night, Bashir is said to have made the decision following his meeting with Kenyan foreign minister Moses Wetangula on Thursday with a letter from President Mwai Kibaki.

Kenya is trying to contain the row that erupted after a local high court judge ordered the government to arrest the Sudanese leader should he ever set foot in the country. The ruling also faulted the Kenyan government for failing to apprehend Bashir when he visited last year.

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide he allegedly masterminded in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

Kenya is an ICC member but said that the African Union (AU) decisions ordering its members not to cooperate with the court in apprehending Bashir overrules its obligation under the Rome Statute.

Following the judge’s decision this week, Sudan expelled the Kenyan ambassador and recalled back its own from Nairobi.

The Kenyan foreign minister said today in Nairobi that his visit helped reverse the expulsion and prevent other measures that were not publicly announced by Khartoum.

"Sudan had set out a raft of reprisals against Kenya that would have had a negative effect on our economy and country ... We were able to stop these," Wetangula said.

Wetangula said Kenya would also have lost a key market for its tea, coffee and other products if the row had continued. Sudan bought tea worth $200 million from Kenya last year, but its exports to Kenya were negligible, he added.

The Kenyan foreign minister said Bashir had ordered that all flights by any airline taking off or destined to Kenya would not be allowed to fly through Sudan’s air space.

Bashir also instructed all trade ties between Khartoum and Nairobi severed, and that all Kenyan nationals in Sudan - who he estimated at about 1,000 - be expelled immediately. The Sudanese president also ordered that all Kenyan troops serving in the United Nations peace force in Darfur be expelled from Sudan, said the minister.

Sudan Tribune has not been able to verify that Bashir has indeed imposed any sanctions besides pulling envoys.

But Sudan appeared to pour a cold shower on Wetangula’s remarks in their press release today asserting that the reversal is only temporary.

“The President of the Republic Field Marshal Omer al-Bashir decided to delay the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador to Khartoum and recalling the Sudanese ambassador from Nairobi for two weeks, following his receiving yesterday evening of Kenyan Foreign Minister as an envoy of President Mwai Kibaki” said the statement.

“Bashir told the Kenyan presidential envoy that Sudan expects that the state opposes the Kenyan court’s decision itself because it is contrary to international and regional obligations and hurts its direct interests particularly with Sudan”.

The foreign Ministry said that “Sudan will wait for a period of two weeks to give an opportunity for Kenya’s effort to contain the issue and take the measures required, but will have no choice but to move forward in steps, which began by expelling the ambassador of Kenya and the withdrawal of its ambassador in Nairobi”.

Kenyan officials have slammed the High Court order and vowed to appeal.

However, foreign ministry sources told Sudan Tribune today that Bashir expects Nairobi to scrap the arrest warrant altogether within the next two weeks and not simply file an appeal.

The top diplomat in Kenya has appeared to challenge the court’s order saying that Bashir will lead Sudan’s delegation into Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit that could be held “in Kenya or elsewhere”.

But the Kenyan chief justice Willy Mutunga issued a statement yesterday warning the government against any attempts to undermine the independence of the judiciary.

“To choose not to obey court orders is to overthrow our constitution. Court orders apply universally to ordinary citizens, corporations, members of the judiciary, executive and legislature. If a country chooses to live by anarchy, it must be ready to face the consequences of disregarding the law,” Mutunga said in a statement carried by Kenyan media.

"I urge all Kenyans and institutions of government to adhere to the provisions of our institution and abide by the rule of law. The Constitution provides avenues to be followed where individuals or institutions are aggrieved by judicial decisions" he added.

"The judiciary and its officers will not be intimidated to bend the law," Mutunga warned.

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  • 3 December 2011 07:53, by Sir. Nostalgic

    Never, You are going to face it and you know, the world is tired of stupid Arabs who don’t understand the suffering of others. Shame on you! There is no way, Kenya can withdraw the arrest warrant on a crook criminal, terrorist and threatener of the world. Kenya is a developed and strong country that can’t withdraw simply like that.

    Shame on you all!

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    • 3 December 2011 07:56, by Sir. Nostalgic

      I meant, Kenya can’t withdraw the arrest warrant of crook, ciminal and threatener of civil society in Sudan. Shame on you Arabs!

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      • 3 December 2011 08:20, by abraham

        WOWWWW vowing down to Khartoum making nonsense excuses such Sudan is major buyer of tea is rediculus! This bunch of women called kenyans gotta have some spine and stand by their constituition. Get your ambassador out of khartoum and lobby the rest of East Africa to follow the
        suit. Marginalize them.

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        • 3 December 2011 09:46, by maryo

          abraham, would you do what you are saying - arrest Bashir? You sound very agrieved. The next time Bashir comes to Juba, please do the honours.Kenyans did not face Bashirs wrath, they are not aggrieved and have nothingtolose. TAKE THE BOLD STEP AND ADMINISTER THE VEGENCE YOURSELF. NO ONE FEELS THE BITTERNESS BETTER THATN YOURSELF, SO DO SOMETHING ABT IT

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        • 3 December 2011 13:21, by Daniel Buolmawei

          Bro Abraham, that minister is not a politician at all. I don’t know what he wants to do. Violate their own constitution to serve the interest of another state? Who is Bashir or Sudan to let me violate my own constitution? That show how rubbish our leaders are.

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      • 3 December 2011 18:45, by Ahmed Chol

        who will win? Bashir or ICC?

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        • 3 December 2011 21:48, by Murle Intellectual

          Big shame on you Kibaki. What a very coward people. hii ni nann? And now folks BREAKING NEWS. After successfully plotting against former commissioner Akot, now Jashuwa and Kuol Manyang have struck a dirty deal. In that plot, Jashuwa will be appointed as the new commissiner in Pibor,shame on codition that he be used against his own people in exchange for a position. Shame a big shame

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        • 4 December 2011 01:14, by Acinitos

          Bashir will win,since ICC can not control it members country.
          ICC organisation will die before Bashir arrest.

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        • 4 December 2011 11:17, by Lorolokin

          After all ICC will win.Is just a matter of time.
          Kinkak.

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      • 3 December 2011 20:12, by Force 1

        No one is stronger than Saddam, Hitler, Kaddaffi, and Musilini just to name a few, Bashir day is marked in the calendar. It will just be any day any time, the time is ticking.

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  • 3 December 2011 07:54, by Nuerone Mafitabu

    SIR,
    Don’t change your face, Those who died in your hand is your problem.Not kenyan problem.

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  • 3 December 2011 08:31, by ulla 007

    it sound funny for the government of Al bashir to order Kenya to withdraw the warrant arrest that’s impossible any country like Sudan which butchered it own people like animals should face justice without exceptional,economy benefit cant be compare by the life of human being,arrest him if he step in Kenya those crooks .

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  • 3 December 2011 08:39, by Bush

    In every country, there are two groups of people:
    (1) Food lovers and
    (2) Patriotic
    Kenyan Judiciary System is patriotic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by H.E Wetangula are food lovers. This has been shown by his coming to Khartoum to beg Beshit for forgiveness which most of Kenyan saw as a sign of humiliation to their country.

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  • 3 December 2011 08:52, by Spider

    Presidents and governments which, does not have boundry in its system never understand why certain organ of country act independently; it is not surprising to see government of Sudan acting strangely. Sudan president should know that judiciary system is independent and cuting diplomatic tied with Kenya will not help you out. chew or throw it. Spiderman

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  • 3 December 2011 09:02, by Lang

    Kenya should stand by it’s decision and never back down to this criminal bash*t.

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  • 3 December 2011 09:25, by Steve Paterno

    This is simple: President al-Bashir should not think that the Sudanese people are that stupid. If Sudan is ruled by a decree issued by one man (Omar al-Bashir), Kenya is ruled by Constitution of the people and by the people. So, Bashir should not be an obstacle to the entire Sudanese as a mere indicted international criminal. He must go and the people resume a normal life. Period!!

    Steve Paterno

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    • 3 December 2011 11:03, by mohammed ali

      Paterno, Sudanese people are never stupid, you better look for stupidity some where else!Basheer has won the same election which brought Salva and SPLA to power with the same constitution which gave you session and was honoured by our Great president whom we elected.It is we who will decide to go or not.So you better look for stupidity some where else or die with your hatred!

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      • 3 December 2011 12:05, by Steve Paterno

        Hi Ali,

        I think we do agree that the Sudanese people are not that stupid:

        1) They went through two decades of tyranny by one person call Omar al-Bashir.
        2) This same person is involved in killing Sudanese people for the entire time, millions of them and.
        3) Now, the same person is isolating the entire country from the rest of the nations for his personal crimes. Al-Bashir must go.

        Steve Patern

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        • 3 December 2011 12:20, by mohammed ali

          Paterno,No,I disagree with you;I said Sudanese are never stupid and not that "that stupid".I hope u understand , if we speak the same language!1- Basheer is the first man who stood by his word and gave you what you want for the sake of peace,that some people donnot understand peace and want to continue war and licking white-man shoes and excuting his agenda with the blood of their own starving..co

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          • 3 December 2011 12:30, by mohammed ali

            ..people is not his mistake. 2- I am not a brainwashed ignorant to beleive in the propganda that Basheer killed millions, am here in Sudan and can see wherever he goes he is very well recieved by his people and walk among them like he does in Khartoum without security around, even in his many social vist. 3- 16 millions had voted for him in the last elections which brought the SPLA to power...con

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            • 3 December 2011 12:42, by mohammed ali

              ..His popularity has increased tremendously after the warrant issued by the thug called Ocampo.This is because the intelligent Sudanese people understands that strong Basheer stands by their interst against greedy nation, not selling 10% of their fertile land for 0.004 cent for a hectar, like some people did!4- Who said we are isolated? some are trying to do so! Brainwashed ignorants only ..con

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              • 3 December 2011 12:47, by mohammed ali

                ..beleive so! He had visited many countries more than any president.The fact that Keny dispatched the most senior ministers and the presidents envoy with a personal letter , show the opposite of what you claim. 5- His only crime is that he is capable to say a big NO to greedy nations!

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          • 3 December 2011 12:39, by Steve Paterno

            Hi Ali,

            Let’s talk about Sudanese people and forget about one person called al-Bashir. We must not personalized this issue, otherwise we can be betting about someone skull right now, which I am ready for.

            Bashir can go and the rest of Sudanese will enjoy, so as to save millions.

            Steve Paterno

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            • 3 December 2011 13:00, by mohammed ali

              Paterno,you better forget about him, but we donnot, he is our President and WE elected him.Sudanese people should not be your concern,you are forigner to them.I never bet with my skull it so valuable to me. Empty and cheap skulls only are for betting.We are happy with Basheer and enjoing our life after he stopped the longest war,that brainwashed ignorants donnot value peace is not our mistake!

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              • 3 December 2011 13:16, by Steve Paterno

                Hi Ali,

                I am glad we are in agreement as non of those Jihadists is willing to bet on their skulls. Lesson learned. I can apologize on behalf of our mosquitoes, which inflicted much damaged on them mujahideen last time.

                However, we cannot forget our generous Sudanese people, who have been killed daily by the tyrant call Bashir. The Tyrant must go.

                Steve Paterno

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                • 3 December 2011 15:37, by mohammed ali

                  Paterno,you are a jihadist in your own way and you support Dr.Khalil the "sheikh of the mujahdeen".If you like us so much you could have chosen to stay with us!However so many of our brothers who were intimidated to leave us are coming back, escaping from famine,hunger,insecurity,violence and mosquitoes!Your fat cats"liberators" could gulp only in Billions !This is not tyranny!Am happy for you!

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                  • 3 December 2011 17:12, by Steve Paterno

                    Hi Ali,

                    It seems you are now more worried about Dr. Khalil. That is find with me. It is your problem. You can address him directly without coming to me. If you want me to lead you to him, I am more than willing to help.

                    Thanks.

                    Steve Paterno

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                    • 3 December 2011 17:27, by mohammed ali

                      Paterno, am not sure that we speak the same language! Am not worried with neither Khalil nor you and I know that these are all OUR problems NOT yours. I simply want you to concentrate on your problems some of them I mentioned. Just join Helda Jones in her call to repatriate the stolen money of the poor, insecure, starving and marginalized southerners.You will be the best leader in the world, ever!

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                      • 3 December 2011 22:38, by Elijah B. Elkan

                        Mr. mohammed ali, Up front let me remind you this is not personal. However, you’re entitle to your opinion. We must stay with facts, Bashir is an illiterate buffoon. He is a world criminal who have killed million of its citizens. Bashir is threatening Kenya to change it’s law. Bashir is delusional, and a sick bastard who thinks he will control another country using his stupid threats.

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                        • 4 December 2011 00:20, by mohammed ali

                          Elkan, you are also entitled to your opinion, but tell me where threaten Kenya, or it is just written onST and you took as guranted! 3 envoys dispatched to Sudan to reverse the action of Sudan. Kernyan government is willing to improve it’s relation with; why should this make you angry? Why should you be concerned? you are neither Sudanese nor Kenyan.It is between us and Kenya..cont

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                          • 4 December 2011 00:28, by mohammed ali

                            ..There is no threat but there is action from Kenya followed by a response from Sudan.Due to the keeness of the Kenyan government to have good relation Sudan withold his action for 2 weeks.You simply took ST propoganda as fact.Let us not speak about education and litracy, there is no need! Chinese say if your home is from glass donnot throw stones at other people’s home!

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          • 4 December 2011 04:21, by Force 1

            Ali, Paterno did not call Sudanese people stupid. Read that line again and see what I mean.
            His language is as clear as it can get, it’s very funny that your comprehension abilily is below the bar.

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      • 3 December 2011 13:41, by Force 1

        Those who are not that stupid are the South Sudanese, the Egyptians, Libyians, and the Tunisians, it couldn’t sound as simple as that. Those who are still want to kiss dictators you know where, it’s all up to how low their self-esteem will take them!

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        • 3 December 2011 16:13, by mohammed ali

          Foece, who said Egyptians, Tunisian or Lybians are stupid? I am afraid you donnot have a clue about what is going on these countries!

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          • 3 December 2011 20:26, by Force 1

            Ali, my statement is idiologically loaded, it take someone with highly loaded brain to comprehened it!
            Ask someone else that, what’s this clueless person try to say to me? I believed you will have an answer.

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            • 3 December 2011 22:30, by mohammed ali

              Force,oh no my brain is not loaded,god forbid!Am not sure you understand what is the meaning of "loaded" ; it means intoxicated with drugs or alchol!If you mean your statment that is something else!To my small brain, do you mean SS, Tunisian,Egyptians, & Lybian have something in common,ideologically? Then this is a joke!

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              • 3 December 2011 23:54, by Force 1

                No, please, you still had no idea of what I just said, pretending to know what you had no idea of is not smart at all. Look, Someone who ask that they don’t understand the statement is smart than those who pretend to know they they don’t.
                Just ask for help, you’ll be smarter. Don’t just boxed yourself inside the box of arrogant, you’ll just stay arrogant and clueless forever.

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                • 4 December 2011 00:14, by mohammed ali

                  Force, ok , just explain to me what is common between SSudanese, Tunisian, Egyptian and Lybian, am asking your help with an open unloaded brain!

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                  • 4 December 2011 00:52, by Force 1

                    Very simple, I’ll, what these countries have in common is, they fought dictators and free them, unlike you in Sudan being intimidated by regime, you can’t even go on the street to protest and express your point of view. I simply said, those countries are not that stupid to stay marginalise by just one man who has been in power more than two decades.

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                    • 4 December 2011 00:55, by Force 1

                      Now Mohammad, do your people in Khartoum and else where have the power to go on the street and protest without being beaten or shotdown? The answer is no, they can be simply killed.

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                      • 4 December 2011 09:30, by mohammed ali

                        Force, it is so simple, we donnot have a dictator, we have an elected president in the same election which brought SPLA to power. 16 millions Sudanese voted for him.Even your president was calling " vote for Basheer" We had 2 previous revolution to over through dictators in 64 and 84 long before this Arab Spring.You didn’t come to power through war , it was through negotiation...con

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                        • 4 December 2011 09:36, by mohammed ali

                          The Lybian revolt was support fully by Sudan politically, millitarly and their president came to Khartoum to thank Sudan, Rashid Ghanoshi of Tunisia was carrying a Sudanese passport and came to Sudan twice since the revolution and in Egypt Islamist are coming to power, moroco elected Islamist. Same will happen in Syria!You have no clue of what is happening!

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                          • 4 December 2011 22:07, by Ana Sudani

                            Mohammed Ali, well done. I am proud of you. They are many, you are one. You defeat all haters and ignorants. You are a good debater. Your English is amazing. Ila al amam .

                            Ana Sudani

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                            • 5 December 2011 01:26, by Elijah B. Elkan

                              Ms. Ana Sudani, Regardless how you feels, we’re all proud of Mr. Ali, because he is up front with his views. Many on this website appreciated his contributions to discussion board. As I said this is not personal. Bashir is an illiterate buffoon who killed millions of it’s citizens in over 20 year. Bashir in competencies broke up Sudan into 2 countries and north might break up 3 more countries.

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    • 3 December 2011 11:44, by tiger

      IN Kenya, the govt is being run by to coalition parties, the ODM and PNU, these two parties differed during post election and brought 2gether by former UN sec. Gen Kofi Annan. maybe, the judge is from ODM and the so call Wetangula is from PNU, that’s why they disagreed

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  • 3 December 2011 10:29, by BM Bol

    Unlike terrorist state of Sudan, Kenya’s judicial system is completely independent from the executive branch. All Kabaki can do is appeal to the courts in hopes of overturning the ruling, but he cannot order it. Get it right.

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  • 3 December 2011 13:14, by Daniel Buolmawei

    I became to hate this Minister. Why he showed Kenya like its survival depends on Sudan and Kenya can’t survive without Sudan? He must be fired. This is not African values to behavior like a coward. Why they let Bashir threatened and humiliated the dignity of Kenya? Let Kenyans eliminate that Minister. He’s ruined and humiliating the integrity of Kenyans. I can’t afford such a child-mind guy.

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  • 4 December 2011 01:05, by James Maker Akok

    Lol, Sorry president Bashir, You killing the people and say no one going against. That will be not work for you. So you need be out.

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  • 4 December 2011 05:02, by Dengda

    What a fool like Bashir!
    Intimidating Kenya to withdraw arrest warrant against him will not his case, better to go himself and face ICC.
    Kenya foreign country implementation her owb international obligation, so Kenya has go nothing to lose if though it embassy from Khartoum is expelled. Bashir must know his days are numbered. Bashir’s Kenya intimidation aided by weakness of AU voiceless on Bashir

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