SUDAN’S LEADER DENIES WAR CRIMES


The Sudanese president has given his first international interview since being indicted for war crimes in Darfur, denying all the charges against him.

Speaking on the BBC’s HARDTalk programme, President Omar Al-Bashir challenged the international community to “bring me evidence that proves Sudanese forces have attacked and killed citizens” in Darfur

“I challenge anybody to bring me evidence that proves the Sudanese armed forces attacked and killed citizens in Darfur,” he told the BBC’s HARDtalk.bashir denies

In his first TV interview since being indicted on war crimes charges, he dismissed talk of crimes as propaganda.

Mr Bashir was indicted by the war crimes court on 4 March.

He has poured scorn on the International Criminal Court charges, which were the first issued by The Hague-based court against a sitting president.

In the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Mr Bashir told HARDtalk: “What has been reported to have happened in Darfur did not actually happen at all.

“What happened in Darfur was an insurgency. The state has the responsibility to fight the rebels.”

He added: “We have never fought against our citizens, we have not killed our citizens.”

The ICC has accused President Bashir of two counts of war crimes – intentionally directing attacks on civilians and pillage – and five counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and torture

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