A number of Egyptian political parties believe that Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir is a liability to his country because of his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC), a senior opposition figure said today. (…)
Al-Sanoosi, said that he was told that Bashir is incapacitated as a president due to his inability to travel freely because of the risk that he might be arrested over the warrant which alleges his involvement in war crimes committed inSudan’s western region of Darfursince 2003.
Al-Sanoosi did not specify which Egyptian parties conveyed this message to him and whether that included the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
Mohamed Mursi who had become the first elected president ofEgyptwas the FJP leader before resigning to assume what he said was a "national" role.
Despite the warrant, Bashir made two visits toEgyptsince Mursi came to power last year and officials inCairobrushed aside demands by rights groups to arrest him asserting that they are not ICC signatories and that African Union (AU) resolutions gives the Sudanese leader immunity.
The deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown by a popular revolution in early 2011, was one of the first leaders to receive Bashir after the first warrant was issued in March 2009.
The Supreme military council which took over from Mubarak in the interim also ignored the outstanding warrants against Bashir and allowed him to visit in 2011.
The PCP official said that senior leaders in the Egyptian parties told him thatSudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is responsible for the country’s partition into north and south in July 2011 and thus jeopardizingEgypt’s water security.