SUDANESE MINISTER ACCUSES ICC OF BIAS


A Sudanese government minister accused of war crimes in the Darfur region has dismissed the charges as part of a Western plot to re-colonise Sudan. Sudan’s Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Ahmed Haroun, told a British newspaper the evidence against him was concocted.

He said atrocities he is accused of in Darfur were committed by rebel forces. The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor meanwhile told the BBC he has warned the UN not to be part of a “cover-up” of alleged crimes in Sudan.

But speaking of the ICC case against him to the Guardian newspaper, Mr Haroun said: “My conscience is clear. I have no regrets.” “It is another phase of international colonisation. It targets mainly the Africans,” he added.

“It reminds us of the 19th century, when the white people were dominating here in Africa.” As well as pursuing Mr Haroun, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo wants an arrest warrant issued for Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, for alleged war crimes and genocide in Darfur – a charge he denies.

Following his appearance at the 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday, Mr Moreno-Ocampo told the BBC’s Network Africa programme: “I briefed them about the importance that the Council could not be part of the cover-up of the crimes.

“Because [President] Bashir’s responsibility is not just ordering committing the crimes, he’s also providing the cover-up.” Judges at the ICC are due to decide whether to indict President Bashir by the start of next year.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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