Title: Synchronization of dictator killing his people with the acquittal of the former head of the Ivory C
Author: Mahmoud A. Suleiman
Date: 01-16-2019, 01:17 PM
01:17 PM January, 16 2019
Sudanese OnlineSynchronization of dictator killing his people with the acquittal of the former head of the Ivory Coast by the ICC today
Mahmoud A. Suleiman-
This article comes against the backdrop of two occasions, namely the oppressive crackdown of the continuing peaceful uprising of the Sudanese public throughout the country by the Omer al-Bashir and the other event being the acquittal of the indicted Ivorian President and his associate by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague today the 15th January 2019.
People around the world and in Sudan are asking and wondering in surprise and anger as to why Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir continues tampering with the ruling of Sudan for so long؟ However, they realised the fact underlying his Strong adherence to the presidency of Sudan. They came to the conclusion that al-Bashir remains afraid of his pursuance by the International Criminal Court (ICC) since his indictment of crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of genocide in the region of Darfur in the western Sudan since 2009. He remains ever since a fugitive from the international justice and a pariah of the people of the countries of the free World. Had it not for his cowardice, he could simply present himself voluntarily to the (ICC) as did some of his African leaders. The people of the World know that the (ICC) had acquitted African presidents indicted by the same court such the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Furthermore, as a surprise, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been acquitted at (ICC). He was the former Ivory Coast president, who ruled Côte d'Ivoire in 2000 to 2011. In addition to the release of Laurent Gbagbo, his fellow accused Charles Pelley has been released as innocent by the same Court which some voices from the African Union (AU) saying that the (ICC) only targeting the African Country rulers.
Having that being said, people ask as to why the Indicted Sudanese President Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir remains so fearful of the International Criminal court (ICC) at The Hague in the Netherlands؟ People continue asking that Omer al-Bashir instead of adhering to the dictatorial rule and playing the role of the hero while in fact he is cowardly who pours all his anger on the people of Sudan and hateful to the people of Sudan in general and the people of Sudan in the Darfur region in particular. He believes that by doing so he can avoid being captured by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Thus, he remains under the protection of his gang of the so-called Islamic Movement regime, the National Congress Party (NCP) and other members of the entourage of the former Janjaweed militias renamed as Rapid Support Force (RSF) and along with the gangs of mercenaries from the neighbouring African countries and the remnants of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) that have been subjected to domestication during the lean 30 years of arbitrary rule in Sudan. In criminal law, the Confession by the accused “defendant” is considered the strongest evidence in the Court of Law. The President of the National Congress Party (NCP) Marshall Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir has already admitted that he has killed only 10,000 people in Darfur, not the number of the charges relate to the conflict in Darfur, which has saying that it has killed 300,000 people and displaced about two million according to UN figures. His confession to the killing of 10,000 people in Darfur makes Omer al-Bashir afraid of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and tries to avoid arrest because he knows for certain that his fate in The Hague will be spending his life in prison for ever. Al-Bashir's insistence on asserting power by all means, including the killing of peaceful demonstrators in the December 19, 2018 uprising throughout Sudan which call for the demise of the corrupt, hypocrite and failed rule of Omer al-Bashir, who trades in the name of the Islamic religion while his type of unjust rule is a blatant violation of the teachings of Islam, which calls for peace and justice. It is strange that this al-Bashir convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) does not try to take from history and from what has happened to similar rulers in the neighboring countries such as Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen and in Tunisia to the President Tunisian ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who fled to Saudi Arabia for asylum. It is the truth that the tyrants have no memory and their degree of assimilation of the lessons is weaker than the weak, so to speak. Omer al-Bashir is no stranger to the above-mentioned behaviour with his impaired thought and memory. The ICC first indicted Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir in March 2009, the second on 12 July 2010
Out of fear of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Omer al-Bashir is committing more crimes to be added his criminal record. This time, his crimes are not limited to the Sudanese citizens in Darfur only but they are nationwide crimes of shoot to kill type carried out by disguised snipers belonging to the Shadow Army of the National Islamic Front (NIF) in Sudan, which Ali Osman Mohammed Taha referred to it during his slip of the tongue. It is a secret army, shadowed Malesia, formed from the amounts of money that were saved from oil revenues by the then Minister of oil and minerals in the Government of the National Congress Party (NCP), Awad Ahmed al-Jaz. There are a reported fifty cars without numbers plates attacked the peaceful demonstrators with the firing of live ammunition and it is undoubtedly a part of the hidden army of Ali Osman Mohamed Taha. But these killers and their mastermind leaders cannot escape accountability and will be brought to transitional justice of the public courts and will receive the appropriate punishment for their heinous crimes. In issuing the warrant, Pre-Trial Chamber I stated that there are reasonable grounds to believe that:
From March, 2003 to at least 14 July 2008, a protracted armed conflict not of an international character existed in Darfur between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and several organised armed groups, in particular the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).
Soon after the April, 2003 attack on the El Fasher airport, Omar Al Bashir and other high-ranking Sudanese political and military leaders of the GoS agreed upon a common plan to carry out a counter-insurgency campaign against the SLM/A, the JEM and other armed groups opposing the Government of Sudan in Darfur.
A core component of that campaign was the unlawful attack on part of the civilian population of Darfur – belonging largely to the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups – who were perceived to be close to the organised armed groups opposing the Government of Sudan in Darfur. The campaign was conducted through GoS forces, including the Sudanese Armed Forces and their allied Janjaweed militia, the Sudanese Police Forces, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). It lasted at least until the date of the filing of the Prosecution Application on 14 July 2008.
During the campaign, GoS forces allegedly committed crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of genocide, and in particular:
carried out numerous unlawful attacks, followed by systematic acts of pillage, on towns and villages, mainly inhabited by civilians belonging to the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups;
subjected thousands of civilians – belonging primarily to the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups – to acts of murder, as well as to acts of extermination;
subjected thousands of civilian women – belonging primarily to the said groups – to acts of rape;
subjected hundreds of thousands of civilians – belonging primarily to the said groups – to acts of forcible transfer;
subjected civilians – belonging primarily to the said groups – to acts of torture; and
contamined the wells and water pumps of the towns and villages primarily inhabited by members of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups that they attacked; and encouraged members of other tribes, which were allied with the GoS, to resettle in the villages and lands previously mainly inhabited by members of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups.
Pre-Trial Chamber I also found that there are reasonable grounds to believe that:
Omar Al Bashir, as the de jure and de facto President of the State of Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces at all times relevant to the Prosecution Application, played an essential role in coordinating the design and implementation of the common plan;
and, in the alternative, that Omar Al Bashir also:
played a role that went beyond coordinating the implementation of the said GoS counter-insurgency campaign;
was in full control of all branches of the "apparatus" of the State of Sudan, including the Sudanese Armed Forces and their allied Janjaweed militia, the Sudanese Police Forces, the NISS and the Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC); and
Used such control to secure the implementation of the said GoS counter-insurgency campaign.
Pre-Trial Chamber I found that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Omar Al Bashir acted with specific intent to destroy in part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups.
Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) has ordered seven foreign aid groups to suspend their humanitarian activities in eastern Darfur.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) had initially declined to add genocide to the indictment in 2009 but this has been overturned on appeal, with the judges at the Court finding "there are reasonable grounds to believe Omar al-Bashir responsible for three counts of genocide
Omar al-Bashir's confessions to his crimes against the people of Sudan in Darfur include the following boastful statements he has made during an interview with the Guardian Newspaper: https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/20/omar-al-bashir...darfur-responsibilit
Omar al-Bashir: conflict in Darfur is my responsibility
• Sudan leader condemns court for 'lies' over genocide charges
• Britain accused of pursuing regime change
• Critics say he targeted millions in civil war
Simon Tisdall in Khartoum
Wed 20 Apr 2011 20.07 BST First published on Wed 20 Apr 2011 20.07 BST
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President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has said for the first time that he accepts full personal responsibility for the conflict in Darfur that left tens of thousands of people dead.
But in an exclusive interview with the Guardian, his first with a western news organisation since he was charged with genocide by the international criminal court (ICC), Bashir accuses the UN-backed court of "double standards" and conducting a "campaign of lies".
Britain and other western countries were pursuing a politically motivated vendetta against him with the ultimate aim of forcing regime change in Sudan as well as in neighbouring Libya, he said.
"Of course, I am the president so I am responsible about everything happening in the country," Bashir said when asked about the conflict in Darfur, in western Sudan, where fighting is continuing despite international peace efforts.
"Everything happening, it is a responsibility. But what happened in Darfur, first of all, it was a traditional conflict taking place from the colonial days.
When he was asked how the "Arab spring" uprisings might affect Sudan, where Arabic speakers comprise a large majority of the northern population, Bashir said the small protests calling for increased democracy lacked broad support. "It will not have an impact like what happened in Egypt, Tunisia or even Libya, I don't think so." A reform process was already underway” he said.
The question that remains to be answered is whether Omer al-Bashir will recognize that he is responsible for killing peacefully protesting Sudanese citizens who were killed by what is known as the Shadow Army, which was formed by the former National Islamic Front (NIF) and its heir the current ruling regime of the National Congress Party (NCP). A boisterous question awaits a convincing answer.
The next legitimate and timely question is whether Marshall Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir the (ICC) indictee and fugitive from the international justice for so long, would surrender himself to the International Criminal Court (ICC), as did his ilk the Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta the fourth and current President of the Republic of Kenya؟ That is the $64 question or the sixty-four silver dollars prize on answering the question! Kenya's President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has become the first sitting head of state to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. https://www.google.com/search؟ei=iyE-XNuQJ6aV1fAP2uuluAwandq=k...yan+president+uhuru+
Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, was indicted by the ICC on 12 July 2010 for the crime of genocide. It is the first instance of the ICC issuing a warrant for genocide to a sitting head of state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darfur_genocid
Ann Clwyd Roberts MP the Welsh Labour Party politician serving as Member of Parliament for Cynon Valley has been quoted as saying: “Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world.”
― Ann Clwyd, a Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq
To conclude, one could say: “Whatever Omer al-Bashir says to justify his crimes during his oppressive rein of the lean 30-years, will not change the facts and the painful facts that occurred during his reign against the Sudanese civilians who were defenseless, who suffered from his armed militias and mercenaries along with suffering from poverty, destitution, disease, hunger under the corrupt deep state Kleptocrat members of the National Islamic Front (NIF)/National Congress Party (NCP) regime. It is high time for al-Bashir to depart the rule of Sudan and leave before happens to him what happened to his ilk and must read the history of his likes who were similar in repression and cruelty to their people in the region.
Nicolas Cole says in his Instagram: “Some of the hardest life lessons repeat themselves over and over again, and it’s on each and every one of us to be reflective enough to witness them happening in the moment — so that this time around, a different decision can be made.”! https://medium.com/@nicolascole77/7-brutal-life-lessons-everyone-has-to-learn-multiple-times-6e0eb0c7c0f4https://medium.com/@nicolascole77/7-brutal-life-lessons-ever...e-times-6e0eb0c7c0f4
The Sudanese Protesters kept chanting “freedom, peace, justice” and “revolution is Freedom is the people's choice and only fall of the regime is the request of the people. Thus Bashir’s speech failed to quell the unrest, with security forces fighting running battles with peaceful protesters unabatedly since December 19th 2018 all over the country. The protests on Wednesday in Omdurman on the other side of the Nile to the capital have called for al-Bashir to resign. But the arrogant Omer al-Bashir on Monday 14 the January 2019 said the ongoing protests wouldn’t topple his regime vowing to punish those who carry out the acts of sabotage. http://www.sudantribune.com/http://www.sudantribune.com/
According to Sudan Tribune, the embattled Omer al-Bashir Speaking to crowds in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur on Monday14th January 2019, a day after protesters took to the streets there for the first time, al-Bashir pointed confessing that there are reasons for the uprising and that there were government efforts to address the economic crisis. He further said: “We acknowledged the existence of the crisis but it wouldn’t be addressed through sabotage and destruction,” he said. But Bashir was short of saying the expected to admit the fact even at the last moment, as did his ilk the former deposed dictator of Tunisia, Zayn al-Ābidīn bin Alī who said: “Now I understood you” addressing his former people of Tunisia. Before he was forced to flee to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zine_El_Abidine_Ben_Ali
It is certain that the popular demonstrations against the ruling regime in Sudan will continue and aim to overthrow the regime and remove it from the rule of Sudan as it was before for totalitarian military regimes on 21 October 1964 against Ibrahim Abboud and in April 1985 against the rule of Muhammad Jaafar Nimeiri.
Thomas Jefferson the American Founding Father has been quoted as said: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”.
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Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is http://thussudan.wordpress.com/http://thussudan.wordpress.com/