Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has said the international arrest warrant issued against him for war crimes in Darfur is part of a plot against Sudan and denied responsibility for large-scale killings there. Bashir told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Thursday that the fighting in Sudan’s western Darfur region began as an insurrection and that he had had a responsibility to send troops to fight the rebels there.

REJECTSMuch of the fighting was between local tribes, and allegations of large-scale killing by government forces and government-backed militias were hostile propaganda, he said. United Nations officials say the six-year conflict in Darfur has resulted in up to 300,000 deaths and the displacement of more than 2.7 million people. The International Criminal Court in the Netherlands has issued a warrant against Bashir for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

“The ICC ruling is fundamentally null and void,” said Bashir. “For us the ICC’s ruling is a political one,” he added, saying of the ICC charges against him: “This is all lies.” “We do not recognise the court,” he stated. “We refuse to negotiate with them, and we will not hand over anyone.” The ICC has issued arrest warrants for two senior Sudanese officials who Khartoum has refused to send to The Hague to stand trial.

“I challenge anybody to bring me evidence that proves the Sudanese armed forces attacked and killed citizens in Darfur,” Bashir said. Dismissing U.N. estimates of the number of deaths in the Darfur conflict, Bashir said the toll “did not reach 10,000.”


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  1. Well, as a young politician, my concerns about the rejection of that war crimes and crimes against humanitiy in so call Dafur, and may be part of the nearby tribes, is totally unproportioned for him to reject it (the Omar hasan al Bashir of Sudan.

    He knows that if he admitts any of all these problems, he would be in a terrible judgement, but beleive me or not, no one ever admitt any mistake done. It is obviouse and every one knows that he did it, but he don’t want to say I did it. The court needs to insist on. Citizens of the Darfur witnessed it, and that’s the only thing the Court should look for. let me know if my writing is posted please. thanks

    • hi charles Tongi, your reply’s been posted. however i think Africa has a huge role to play; at least morally in ensuring that Bashir has his day in Court. If the continent begins at least by giving him the Charles Taylor treatment then AU will be sending a strong message to the world that tyrants like Bashir aren’t in vogue anymore

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