SUDAN WATCH: Hassan al-Turabi fuels Darfur war

Monday, March 23, 2009

Hassan al-Turabi fuels Darfur war

In an interview with Sudan Radio Service in Khartoum on Friday, Dr. Hassan al-Turabi said that he will not keep quiet as long as people in Darfur are being killed by government forces. What a weasel. Why isn't he being investigated for his part in the Darfur war?

The only people who can stop the rebellion are the rebels themselves. None of them are interested in peace. They're bloodsucking leeches living off the backs of poor uneducated Africans while getting away with murder. The law is an ass.

From Sudan Radio Service 22 March 2009 (Khartoum) -
The leader of the opposition Popular Congress Party has reiterated his position on President al-Bashir and the ICC issue, saying that President al-Bashir and his government are responsible for the atrocities in Darfur.

In an interview with Sudan Radio Service in Khartoum on Friday, Dr. Hassan al-Turabi said that he will not keep quiet as long as people in Darfur are being killed by government forces.

[Hassan Al-Turabi]:” Say we count the victims in thousands, in hundreds, those being raped, being evicted from their homes, the killing and torturing of children and the continued detention of people - should we keep quiet about all this? He continues to kill civilians. Imagine ten thousand people have been killed. Our religion says that killing one person is just like killing all the people. And if he has killed 250,000 people? You have displaced thousands of people from their homes and villages. You have burned their villages and chased them away. This government has really shamed us. In god’s name, we are really ashamed!”

Al-Turabi stressed that President al-Bashir should go to The Hague and appear before the ICC.

[Al-turabi]:”I told him, please go and cleanse yourself, go there and defend yourself and say you have not done this and that, and you have not ordered the execution of any act. Go there and deny all these charges. The warrant of arrest has been issued for him and they told him to go to the ICC and if he does not go to the ICC, he will be arrested. He is now a fugitive. This is a shame on us as a nation. It is more painful for us than for him”.

Al-Turabi also accused the Government of National Unity of controlling the country’s judiciary.

[Al-Turabi]:” There is supposed to be justice in Sudan. Our judges are supposed to be independent and these judges know whether they judge in favor of the government or against the government. They know that if they don’t support the government they risk being sacked, or being transferred. The judges say they cannot be independent because the government orders them to do this and not to do that”.

Al-turabi was arrested by security agents and detained for two months after a statement to the media in January. He had said that President al-Bashir should go to The Hague to stand trial for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
Al-Turabi was unexpectedly released a few days after the ICC issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir earlier this month.

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