SUDAN WATCH: Sudan will not allow Darfur crimes suspects to be tried abroad: Taha

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Sudan will not allow Darfur crimes suspects to be tried abroad: Taha

Middle East news report Feb 5 says Sudan will not allow any citizen to be tried abroad in connection with suspected crimes against humanity in Darfur, First Vice President Ali Osman Taha was quoted by the press as saying. Here is an excerpt from the report:

Taha, speaking at a meeting with officials in South Darfur state on Friday, was referring to an international discussion over whether Sudanese suspected of such crimes be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) or by a special tribunal.

"The government is opposed to trying any Sudanese official or ordinary citizen involved in the Darfur incidents outside the Sudan," Taha was quoted as saying.

"The government is capable of doing justice among its people in Darfur," said Taha, adding that Sudan "is a sovereign state committed to the international agreements and conventions it has signed."

The independent Al-Ayam daily reported Saturday that 51 Sudanese accused by a UN fact-finding commission of committing crimes against humanity in Darfur included 10 senior officials in the national government.

Note, The regime in Khartoum is either full of bluff and bluster or it believes it can get away with anything. Bluff and bluster more like. Some of them are educated enough to know if there is a warrant for their arrest, and they fail to surrender or show up in court, security forces will have to go and fetch them, even if it means military force. I believe the days of the present regime in Khartoum are numbered. Trouble is, it may take a long while and cost many more lives.

51 names are on the UN's sealed list of names for prosecution, some may be rebels, approximately 10 are Sudanese officials. You have to wonder if any of the rebel leaders or Sudanese officials know whether they are on the sealed list of names or not. Psychologically, it must be sobering for them, especially in the still of the night when they put their head down to sleep, wondering if they are marked men or not. They may as well give up violence and work towards peace, now.


Blogger Rosemary said...

You would think so, but the gov't knows that since they signed that stupid agreement to agree to some kind of an agreement sometime down the road, the pressure has turned to the "rebels." The murder, torture, fires, rape, slavery, and abject horror is continuing. Does anyone say anything? No. I have a number you can call any US Senator or Congressperson and voice your opinion. Please, we must be a voice for those who are not being heard. This is toll free: 1-877-762-8762. The number to the White House is 212-456-1111. This is not toll free. Thank you for whatever help you can offer. The Passion of the Present is a good site to check out also. Thank you.

Monday, February 07, 2005  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Hello Rosemary, nice to meet you. Thank you for commenting. A few days ago I caught up on several of your Sudan posts, some of which linked to mine at Passion of the Present where I have co-authored since last August.

Thank you for providing details on how Americans can voice their opinion. I have been doing as much as I can here in England, contacting members of parliament etc. I agree we can be a voice for those who are not being heard. I am surprised to see not more Africans, especially women, speaking out. Now that we have the internet and free blogs you would think they could find a way to post photos. Pictures are an international language needing very few words.

Thursday, February 10, 2005  

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