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US condemns presidential pardon of a man who aided escape of USAID employee assassins


February 11, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The United States embassy in Khartoum issued a statement condemning a pardon issued by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to a man who was convicted as an accomplice in the escape of four men who were sentenced to death over the killing of a US diplomat and his driver five years ago.

Mubarak Mustafa was released this month as a result of the amnesty, his lawyer Abu Bakr Abdel-Razik told local media last week. The Sudanese presidency has remained a silence over the issue.

John Granville, of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and his driver, Abdurrahman Abbas Rahma came under a hail of bullets before dawn on New Year’s Day 2008. The incident remains an anomaly with foreigners in Sudan rarely targeted in assaults of this nature.

"The pardoning of Mustafa runs counter to previous assurances by the Government of Sudan to hold accountable all those involved in the murder of Granville and Rahma or those responsible in any way," the statement by the US embassy said.

"In the interest of justice, we urge the Government of Sudan to immediately rescind the pardon and return Mustafa to prison to serve out his term. Failure to retract this pardon is contrary to the commitment of both the United States and Sudan to combat terrorism and hold accountable those responsible for terrorist acts".

Sudanese authorities eventually managed to capture five men, believed to be belonging to the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Tawhid, and charged them with the killing of Granville and his driver.

Four of them were sentenced to death by hanging in 2009 but a year later they managed to escape from death row in Khartoum’s maximum-security Kober prison.

The warden of Kober prison was suspended from duty over the incident but was later reinstated after being cleared from negligence.

One of them was recaptured while another was reportedly killed in Somalia. The other two remain at large and the US has offered a $10 million reward to anyone with information leading to their capture.

In late December Al-Qaeda affiliate released a detailed 41-minute video on YouTube purportedly filmed inside prison showing the escape route and plan of the four men.


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  • 12 February 2013 07:32, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Is the release of this culprit not enough to point a finger to Sudanese state as an institution behind the cold blooded murder of the American?

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    • 12 February 2013 09:25, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The pardon of the president of Sudan on these guys means alot to me,or the US Diplomat killing to the president of the Sudan Omer Bashir, like they have killed a dog.America govt shoulds take serious action on these otherwise they can repeat it one day.

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      • 12 February 2013 12:40, by Darkangel

        Sudanese military industry 2013
        Watch this you haters .... heres some tissue to cry.
        funny.. cause u cant even produce toilet paper in S Sudan

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        • 12 February 2013 15:53, by Rommel

          Your self-sufficiency in a range of weapons and platforms is indeed rather impressive, but I think that video exaggerates the effectiveness and level of technological advancement of your antiquated Chinese & Russian derivative platforms and weapons. Your vaunted radars didn’t even provide you with a modicum of protection from Israeli air assaults; they were deceived or turned off.

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  • 12 February 2013 07:35, by master

    new game with american admin

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    • 12 February 2013 08:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      your khartoum state will become as like Mali.

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  • 12 February 2013 07:46, by Pif Paf

    The US gov needs to STFU .. They should never talk about commitment especially to Sudan because they have never gone through with their commitments. Sudan has given too much to the US with nothin in return. Our president can pardon whoever, its our decision not the US.

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    • 12 February 2013 11:15, by australian

      Question: what has Sudan given to the US?
      Answer: refugees! (Australia too.)
      Wow, thanks, Sudan!! They are expensive but we love them!

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      • 12 February 2013 12:28, by sudani ana

        Well, like I said before, the US could have enjoyed strong influence on Sudan but chose to use the sanctions weapon. Sudan couldn’t have done this if it was China.

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        • 12 February 2013 12:53, by Panthou

          Master, you guys talked like teenagers whom doesn’t know to have sex. What Chinese are talking about? Remembering no records is like caring a gun without bullets. Don’t you recalled what happened in northern Darfur, who kidnapped those Chinese workers? Sudan was in created in black list n will go to hell in the black list.
          Meet me in panthou!

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        • 12 February 2013 16:46, by Rommel

          Sudani Ana:
          Ah, so we’re cherry-picking from history, are we? Sanctions were only applied on Sudan when you made the folly of supporting Iraq when it invaded Kuwait, in stark contrast to the position taken by the castrated, whorish, sycophantic satrapies of the Persian Gulf. The U.S. is extremely vindictive — and that’s why the sanctions were applied...

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          • 12 February 2013 17:00, by Rommel

            ..It thus had nothing to do with Washington’s non-existent moral compass. You were the largest recipient of U.S. development and military aid in Africa -after Egypt- up until that point. The U.S. is a hyper-power that has consistently seen it fit to contravene international law under the rubric of humanitarianism, with this usually accompanied by the Pavlovian spiel about ending impunity...

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            • 12 February 2013 17:21, by Rommel

              .. as if such self-serving eviscerations of international law were entirely removed from their geopolitical designs and objectives. Your myopic, genocidal leaders got you into this mess. Washington would be still be supporting you right now if you hadn’t been so damned stupid. Did you know that the U.S. supported Hitler and Nazism during WWII? Why not you!?

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              • 12 February 2013 18:51, by Rommel

                ^ Damn it, a typo in the above post. It makes me sound so totally incoherent. I get distressed by the slightest misuse of the English language and I am more than galled when it is I that has made the mistake. Why am I even explaining myself!? LOL.

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      • 12 February 2013 12:42, by sudani ana

        You forgot to mention that YOU yourself is a South Sudanese asylum seeker.

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        • 12 February 2013 12:51, by australian

          No, I’m not. I am an old, white Australian.

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          • 12 February 2013 13:19, by hellonearth

            fuck off then these here is about Sudan and South Sudan. old white Australian my ass. you are just one of the prisoners on ships. shut the hell up

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            • 12 February 2013 13:25, by sudani ana

              Hell on Earth
              man, you made me laugh.

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            • 12 February 2013 13:28, by australian

              Excuse me, Hellonearth (apt name), but we have Sudanese here very willing to give their opinion about Australia - and vote - so why should I not give my opinion about Sudan, or anything else? It is not your world - it belongs to all kinds of people, some not as rude as others.
              Oh, my people were never prisoners, by the way.

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              • 12 February 2013 20:43, by hellonearth


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                • 12 February 2013 23:23, by australian

                  Where was I racist?
                  I know Sudani Ana and Jalaby are your enemies, and NS too.
                  As for the matter at hand, Islam and Islamic law are the problem, as usual. Of course the men were helped to escape; what punishment is there for killing an infidel in Islamic law? The US is looking very weak under its loathsome Obama. The NCP doesn’t even have to pretend to care.

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                  • 12 February 2013 23:26, by australian

                    HOE: please don’t bother to tell me I’m "racist" because I despise Obama.
                    (Anyway, Obama is probably the same colour as Jalaby et al.)

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                    • 13 February 2013 00:59, by hellonearth


                      (No, I’m not. I am an old, white Australian)

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                      • 13 February 2013 11:32, by australian

                        Who is the racist?
                        I was teasing you, anyway. I’m a gorgeous young white woman. Still hate me?

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  • 12 February 2013 07:55, by barbayo

    U.S condemnation is not Solution of Sudan ,use your force those malitias Arab will understand

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    • 12 February 2013 07:59, by Robot

      This is a proof that South Sudan are the only ones who can defeat the Arabs... looking at the situation, Americans are in tug of war with the Fake Arabs but haven’t defeated them yet... but for the South Sudan, we have defeated and humiliated them to the climax.

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  • 12 February 2013 08:07, by barbayo

    yesterday the Mali malitias met with presidend Omer Bashir which leaded by terrist who escaped from prison and joined the mali war in 2012,now they were arrived in Dafur two weeks ago.

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  • 12 February 2013 08:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President Bashir is a terror calleague to Bin-Ladin, he was one of partsan aiding the Killing of USAID staffs in the car. The problem, U.S was bomed chemical factory as Khartoum called as pharmacology factory as Iranian factory.

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  • 12 February 2013 09:13, by Makunon

    Check blacklist of terrorists you will find Sudan rank top list.

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  • 12 February 2013 09:33, by pabaak

    This is the regime the US government wanted not be changed through military struggle but through dialogue and democratic transformation but now prove that doesn’t work, even their leaders have vowed not listening to any peaceful democratic transformation in the country by saying" we came to power by force and anyone need the power need to take it by force" the US need to change the habit

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    • 12 February 2013 09:39, by pabaak

      democratic transformation by helping the rebels and other oppositions forces to bring changes through military struggle like what S. Sudan had done it in the past, this will realize the democratic system in the country that can be accountable to any international obligations and the rule of law.

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      • 12 February 2013 10:19, by Robot

        I wish everyone could reason and comment like you... i liked your comment.. it was the same Lymann and Scott who i thought have realized what nature Sudan is by now.

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  • 12 February 2013 11:26, by mudfish

    let the damn shite back to prison otherwise Bashir will see the upeer teeth of a goat!!!

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  • 12 February 2013 12:20, by Sudan virus

    Sudan is the biggest UN employer of people from all over the world.
    Therefore, the government of terrorist Omar Al Bashiir must be protected by UN from been over thrown so that the jobless guys continue getting sweat less money in Sudan.

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    • 12 February 2013 15:29, by Peacocktail

      the Sudan problem with US is only best known to Bashir Omer and his gangs who murdered Sudanese citizens and Foreigner diplomats in Sudan and abroad. if US and France do not put in place mechanism of removing Bashir from Power, Mali shall come back to Jihadism from islamist.the Solution is to empower SRF/NCF to take power as legitmate in Khartuom & recognised internationally as Uganda did. New Sud

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  • 12 February 2013 16:08, by akoonapg

    I hope and pray that the USA will get rid of Bashir immediately, then we will get new leaders who do not kill innocent people and will also allow a separation of religion and state.

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  • 12 February 2013 18:07, by New Government

    It’s good for USA government to let Bashir freed the murders because USA has been favoring this crime government in Khartoum since. ICC issued arrest warrant and the failed to facilitate the move remain your ambassador to be murder soon in Khartoum.

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