Gaan hy tot verantwoording geroep word vir sy dade en bydraes tot moorde? Is dit nie tyd dat alle lande wat terreur en terrorisme befonds tot verantwoording geroep word nie. En dit sluit moorde in Suid-Afrika in. Heelwat finansiering is en word in wapens, wapensmokkel, dwelms en mensehandel, selfs soldate en kinders wat as soldate aangewend word, ingepomp sodat oorloë aangewakker word.
Omar al-Bashir was removed from power after nearly four months of anti-government …
Sudan se hoofaanklaer sê die voormalige president, Omar al-Bashir, en ander senior regeringslui is aangekla vir die dood van betogers. Die aanklagte teen al-Bashir sluit die skietdood van `n Sudanese dokter in. Die dokter het in Januarie beseerde betogers in ‘n gebou behandel waarin die polisie traanrook afgevuur het. Hy is doodgeskiet toe hy die gebou verlaat, hoewel hy aan die soldate buite gesê het hy is ‘n dokter. Talle Soedanese sal egter eers glo Al-Bashir is wel aangekla wanneer hy in die hof verskyn. ‘n Deurbraak is glo intussen ook bereik tussen die militêre raad en die opposisie, maar dit is onduidelik wie die oorgangsregering sal aanvoer.
Unceremoniously overthrown and jailed, Sudan’s Omar Al Bashir now faces questioning over accusations of money laundering and sponsoring terrorism, surprising activists and analysts who point out that the former Islamist leader is accused of much more serious offences. In 2010, for example, the International Criminal Court indicted Al Bashir for genocide in Darfur, the western Sudanese region where forces loyal to the Khartoum government crushed a rebellion by ethnic Africans. The conflict there left at least 300,000 people dead and displaced another two million, according to the United Nations.
Militias loyal to Al Bashir, as well as segments of the armed forces, were accused of a wide range of atrocities in Darfur, including mass rape, scorched earth tactics and extrajudicial killings.
More recently, Al Bashir is blamed for ordering his security forces to use live ammunition against unarmed protesters during the four months of unrest that preceded his April 11 overthrow by the military. The violence left at least a 100 people dead and thousands injured or detained and tortured in jail. He is also accused of ordering the use of deadly force to break-up a sit-in protest outside the headquarters of the Sudanese armed forces in Khartoum. Security forces made repeated attempts to disperse the sit-in, using deadly force at times. The presence of soldiers protecting the protesters is likely to have prevented an all-out attack.
Sudanese authorities have given no details on the accusations facing Al Bashir, but the money laundering charge appears linked to the discovery last month of more than $100 million (Dh367.3m) in Sudanese pounds, euros and dollars at the former president’s Khartoum residence.
Earlier in April, a senior member of the ruling transitional military council said authorities had prevented the former leader from smuggling large amounts of cash out of the country. Again, no further details were given.
Similarly, little has been said publicly about the accusation of sponsoring terrorism, but the charge appears linked to Al Bashir’s alleged support to radical Islamic groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic militants in neighbouring Libya.
Al Bashir also has a history of providing a safe haven for militant Egyptian groups, including a cell blamed for the failed assassination attempt against Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak in 1995 in neighbouring Ethiopia. More recently, the general-turned-president has offered asylum to hundreds of wanted members of Egypt’s now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, many of whom later settled in Turkey or Qatar. The military in Egypt ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Brotherhood in 2013 amid a wave of street protests against his divisive rule.
Al Bashir is also believed to have tolerated militants using Sudanese territory to cross into Libya or Egypt, where some joined a years-long Islamic militant insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.
The United States added Sudan to a list of nations supporting terrorism in 1993. Significantly, that was the year after Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born leader of Al Qaeda, began a four-year sojourn in Sudan, during which time the mastermind of the September 2001 attacks built an elaborate network of militants.
It is not immediately clear whether the questioning of Al Bashir over the charge of sponsoring terrorism would lead to further arrests, but activists who led the uprising against his rule already view the choice of these charges to start legal proceedings against the former president as a possible distraction from the more serious crimes committed in Darfur.
On Friday, 12 December 2014, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, informed the UN Council she would be stopping the investigation into genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Darfur. She cited lack of action by the UN Security Council and the international community in pursuing arrests related to indictments for these crimes as her reason.
Christians in Sudan have asked for prayer as the authorities’ continue to demolish in Khartoum. On May 17th, the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in Algadisia, Khartoum was demolished. This comes after the demolition of the SCOC church in Soba Al Aradi ten days previously.
The demolition follows a dispute over the ownership of the land the church was built on. The SCOC built the church in Algadisia in 1983. Although someone else claimed to own the land, according to the office of The Middle East Concern, there was no accompanying evidence.
The Middle East Concern say that the government’s campaign aims to weaken the church in Sudan by demolishing a total of 27 churches, including the two mentioned above, claiming they violate designated purposes for these plots of land. However, the authorities refuse to designate any plots to be used for church buildings, claiming there is no need for new church buildings.
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