This article comes against the backdrop of the Génocidaire Omer al-Bashir escaping arrest by South African Court through a plot hatched by the Government of President Jacob Zuma on Monday 15, June 2015.
Background information about Omer al-Bashir’s crimes is important before delving into the current events that led to his escaping arrest. In 2009, Omer al-Bashir and three of his senior aides, Abdelrahim Muhammed Hussein, Ahmed Harun and a Janjaweed commander Ali Abdelrahman Kosheib indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The following year, 2010, the ICC also charged Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir with three counts of genocide and issued arrest warrant.
Troops under al-Bashir’s command in Darfur have spent years attacking and destroying villages, chasing survivors into the dessert, surrounding refugee camps, killing almost 500,000 in cold blood and uprooting millions of civilians from land –known locally as Hawakeer they possessed for centuries. When applying for a warrant for his arrest, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said clearly that al-Bashir’s “intent was genocide” and that he wanted to erase the history of an entire people.
The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir oversaw it all. He remained as one of the world’s most wanted men, charged with a horrific genocide. Nevertheless, for 6 years no one has succeeded in apprehending al-Bashir and locking him up.
During the period Sunday 14 – Monday 15, June 2015, Omer al-Bashir was in a state of ruefulness in South Africa fearing apprehension and handing him over to the ICC at The Hague. Nevertheless, the Génocidaire Bashir managed slipping and flying out of South Africa despite Pretoria High Court decision. Political analysts strongly believe that a plot Hatched by the government of President Jacob Zuma facilitated for Bashir escaping Arrest in Pretoria.
The position of Zuma in Pretoria is not surprising given the issue of the African dictatorship Club whose members work for their survival in power. The authoritarianism group sticks to the conspiracy theory that the West always targeted its members and conspired to incarcerate them into the darkness of prison in the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The Pan-Africanist rhetoric says that the ICC only targets the African leaders.
Thus, the Génocidaire Omar al-Bashir managed to escape from the mousetrap of South African Court for survival and fled to his den in Khartoum. The disgusting and abhorrent conspiracy theory utilized by the African Union (AU) Dictators Club to cover up their heinous crimes against the disenfranchised fellow citizens and to exonerate the perpetrators among their ranks.
The Southern African Litigation Centre, a legal rights group, had launched an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court to force the authorities to arrest the Génocidaire Omer Hassan Ahmed al- Bashir. South Africa is a signatory to the States Parties to the Rome Statute, which established the (ICC) that has often been criticised for only targeting Africa leaders.
The justification that the Government of Jacob Zuma relied on for allowing al-Bashir to leave as the duty to protect its invited guests the heads of states of the African Union (AU) countries is utterly flimsy, given the fact that South Africa is in the Rome Statute of 2002 members.
President Jacob Zuma had betrayed the noble spirit of the people of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid. At the time of the Apartheid, the people of Sudan stood steadfast with the struggle of the disenfranchised South African people. The people of Sudan were not waiting for the leadership of South Africa to deal the Sudanese cause with such flout that ignores the blood of the victims and the noble Sudanese people struggle for freedom, justice and democracy. The judiciary in South Africa is exposed to a difficult and historic test to either prove its integrity and independence or trample its glory and reputation in the ground. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has already protested against arrest and could pressure the court to give in. However, a massive outcry can ensure they stay out of it, given the fact that it is a legal decision, not a political one. South Africa should arrest al-Bashir and either try him for genocide, or send him to the International Criminal Court, political analyst said.
On Sunday14, June 2015, Judge Hans Fabricius ordered authorities to stop Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir from leaving the country, pending a decision on whether it should order his arrest or not. The court was due to reconvene at 11.30am (09.30 GMT) on Monday, 15 June 2015 when a member of al-Bashir’s delegation brushed aside the court case, telling Agence France-Presse (AFP) “President Bashir… will leave on Monday 15, June 2015.”
The African Union (AU) 54-member summit chaired by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe in Johannesburg invited al-Bashir to attend. The International Criminal Court (ICC), arrest warrant for the Génocidaire Omer al- Bashir overshadowed the AU meeting. Al-Bashir is a genocidal criminal fugitive from the international justice. He annihilated more than 500000 innocent civilians and forced more than half the population to leave their homes fleeing into the middle of nowhere in makeshift camps for refugees, as Internally Displaced People (IDP), or as Diasporas. There is indistinguishable similarity between the National Congress Party (NCP) regime in Sudan and the White Supremacy entity of the former Apartheid South Africa.
Sudan’s ruling regime of the NCP-led by the genocidal criminal Omar al-Bashir has been practicing the same apartheid tactics but tougher and more arbitrarily against the people of Sudan in the Darfur region, as was practiced by the White minority against the Majority People of South Africa. President Jacob Zuma and his government is definitely aware of this, but intersection of the interests played a major role in allowing Omar al-Bashir to escape from being arrested and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. The United States imposed sanctions against the Islamist regime of the National Islamic Front (NIF). More than 20,000 international peacekeepers, known as United Nations and African Union Mission for Darfur (UNAMID), poured into Darfur.
Omer al-Bashir who has been ruling people of Sudan with iron fist for 26 years and starting further five-rear term will inevitably attend under arrest to The Hague to face the result of the crimes he committed in the right of the people of Sudan in Darfur. The African dictators club has nothing to do with the rights of peoples of the continent. All that they care for is to stay in power for indefinite terms, whether the people of the country people refused or accepted the feta accompli situation.
The ICC is still young and a nascent institution and because of political maneuvers, al-Bashir has avoided arrest in several countries over the years. Some — including the ANC — have criticized the court for focusing on crimes in Africa. Nevertheless, most of the cases at the ICC were brought forward by the countries themselves and Sudan is one of just two cases where the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) managed to agree to bring perpetrators to the court. Moreover, when it comes to crimes as horrific as those in Darfur, its justice that should matter, not politics, political analysts continued saying. The accused of leading a horrific genocide in Darfur, Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir has escaped arrest for 6 years. The world needs taking action to bring Omar al-Bashir to justice. Omer al-Bashir sneaked out of South Africa fearing impending apprehension and handing him over to the (ICC). Bashir’s scape has been decried as disgraceful scar on the non-apartheid state of South Africa.
The blood of the victims of genocide in Darfur, the Nuba Mountains, Ingasana in South Blue Nile, the victims of the massacres of the Beja in Eastern Sudan and the Nubians in the far north of Sudan await Justice. As well, the victims of human rights violations in all parts of Sudan, and the recent massacre of the civilians in the Khartoum North neighbourhood of Al-Jiraif Sharg, who struggled steadfast for their land rights and the wails of the widows would not go unheeded without accountability or transitional justice and revenge.
Sudan’s army, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and militia, the notorious Rapid Support Force (RSF) have been terrorizing and displacing the population of Darfur out of their homes for years. They murdered the men, raped women and small girls in front of their families. Moreover, they have escaped justice until now. The hope rests on the good humane people of the world to support the efforts of the components of the Sudanese people to bring about change in the country by ousting the National Congress Party (NCP) regime by all available means. The people of Sudan are struggling for democracy, freedoms, rule of law, good governance, sustainable peace and prosperity with decent living.
Quote about a Tyrant states: “In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.” Eugene V. Debs, Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is http://thussudan.wordpress.com/