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Sudan does not expect ‘justice’ for the Palestinians from the ICC

July 25, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Sudan’s deputy foreign minister has said that his country “does not expect justice” for the Palestinians from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Anadolu reported on Sunday.

“Sudan has a clear and steadfast position towards the ICC,” explained Abdul-Ghani Al-Na’eem, “which is the complete refusal to recognise or deal with it.” The international court, he claimed, is a political tool being used to impose the agenda and domination of some Western countries.

The minister made his comments through the official Sudanese news agency a couple of days after the visit of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Khartoum, where he met President Omar Al-Bashir and signed a number of cooperation deals.

In a joint press conference with the Sudanese leader, Abbas criticised the “selectivity” of the ICC, which he accused of targeting Al-Bashir, who was elected by his people. The court issued an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir in March 2009 on charges of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. Since then, he has limited his travel to the countries of Arab and African allies.

In April last year, the ICC accepted the official accession of the Palestinian Authority and opened up investigations into Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine.