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UN's Gambari Embraces ICC Indictee Bashir, As Ban Claims War Crimes Concern

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, January 20 -- Omar al Bashir, indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court, was pictured greeted UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari at a ceremony for the wedding of Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal's daughter to Chad's president Idriss Deby.

  The UN under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was repeatedly told Inner City Press that it only deals with ICC indictees as strictly necessary -- defending flying ICC indictee Ahmed Harun to and from Abyei, for example, on the grounds that it was a (failed) attempt to seek peace, as Inner City Press has reported.

  But how can Gambari's greeting of Bashir at a wedding ceremony be deemed necessary?

Gambari & ICC indictee Bashir at wedding, Ban concern not shown, h/t

  Ironically, at the same time Ban's Spokesman Martin Nesirky was issuing a statement that Ban is deeply concerned about fighting on the Sudan and South Sudan border, for example in South Kordofan where UN peacekeepers from Egypt while civilians, including a UN contractors, were slaughtered right outside their base.

  What can be the UN's defense of Gambari partying with Bashir? Or with Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal at Khartoum's Rotana hotel?

Gambari & Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal, Ban response & private jet(s) not shown

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