Sudan foreign ministry criticizes ICC arrest warrant against Gaddafi

16:39, May 18, 2011      

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The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticized the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi and some of his assistances, reported Al-Raeam daily on Wednesday.

"Realization of justice against whoever committed violations is a matter decided by the Libyan people alone," the report quoted Khalid Musa, spokesman of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying.

"Realization of justice in Africa is a matter that is decided by peoples and internal judiciary institution and is not subject to decisions of the ICC which turns a blind eye to grave violations that take place in many parts of the world and focuses only on the African countries or the so-called easy and soft targets," he added.

The Sudanese foreign ministry spokesman reiterated that Sudan's stance was based on a firm principle that stands on sovereignty of the peoples in achieving justice.

He further renewed Sudan's accusation of the ICC that it still constituted a political instrument to impose hegemony and a mechanism for a selective justice that targets the African Head of States.

The ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Monday requested arrest warrants against the Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Al Islam Gaddafi and Libya's head of Intelligence Agency Abdullah Al Sanousi, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity.

The ICC prosecutor said Gaddafi's forces attacked Libyan civilians in their homes and in the public space, repressed demonstrations with live ammunition, used heavy artillery against participants in funeral processions, and placed snipers to kill those leaving mosques after the prayers.

Gaddafi has become the second sitting president against whom an arrest warrant was issued after the Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir whom the ICC issued an arrest warrant against him on March 4, 2009, accusing him of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Sudan's Darfur region which has been suffering a civil war since 2003.

Source: Xinhua
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