Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, facing an international arrest warrant for suspected war crimes, has denied targeting civilians in Darfur and challenged the courts to back up the allegations.
Bashir told the BBC he had a responsibility to send troops to fight a rebel uprising in
“I challenge anybody to bring me evidence that proves the Sudanese armed forces attacked and killed citizens in
“We have never fought against our citizens, we have not killed our citizens. They came to the government for protection.”
The International Criminal Court in the
The court’s chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Reuters on Monday that he was confident the court’s judges will soon charge Bashir with genocide.
The six-year conflict in
Bashir has already dismissed the allegations against him as a Western conspiracy to seize oil, gas and other natural resources from
“I assume full responsibility for what has happened to my citizens,” Bashir said in a brief excerpt of the interview shown on BBC television on Tuesday. The full interview is due to be broadcast on Thursday.
“However, what has been reported to have happened in
“The state has the responsibility to fight the rebels. Any state in the world and any responsible government would fight those who raise arms against it.”
Bashir is the first sitting president to be charged by the Hague-based court since it was set up in 2002. He responded by ordering 10 foreign aid agencies to leave
The conflict in