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October 16, 2023

Talk Radio News Service: House Republican Urges Obama To Reject Lobbying Attempt From Sudan Government.  U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-Va.) objection to a Sudan lobbyist presence in Washington, D.C. didn't find much of an audience Thursday, but the Congressman moved past the small crowd, calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Sudanese government's prospective representation at the Capitol.  "Today, I am sending a letter to President Obama urging him to make it clear, in no uncertain terms, to both the State Department and the Treasury Department's office of Foreign Assets Control, that under his administration, the government of Khartoum, will not be granted the necessary waiver to hire a lobbyist," Wolf said.  "A modern day accused war criminal is sitting as a head of the state of government of Sudan."  Wolf noted Sudan President Omar al-Bashir's March 2009 arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court, and said in June 2004, he was part of a delegation of Congressmen who went to Sudan, where he witnessed what he described as "the nightmare."

Daily Monitor: Uganda must arrest Gen. Bashir, says ICC.  The International Criminal Court yesterday insisted that Uganda must arrest Sudanese President Gen. Omar El Bashir if he dares visit Uganda next week. The statement comes a day after President Museveni said Uganda will not execute the international arrest warrant in the event that Gen. Bashir attends next week's African Union meeting in Kampala.  But according to Ms Maria Kamara, the ICC country coordinator, the ICC stand has not changed regarding the indicted Sudan President.  She said not all African Union (AU) countries are signatories to the ICC statute and therefore the responsibility of arresting Gen. Bashir lies solely with ICC member countries like Uganda.

AP: Darfur rebel's case set for ICC pretrial hearing.  Prosecutors will begin presenting evidence Monday at the International Criminal Court against a Sudanese rebel accused of leading an attack that killed 12 African Union peacekeepers in Darfur and injured eight more. The two-week hearing marks the first time evidence of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region will be aired in court. The procedure is not a trial, but aims to establish whether the case against Bahar Idriss Abu Garda is strong enough to merit a trial, court officials said Friday.

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