Following are excerpts from an interview with Sudanese Islamist Leader Hassan Al-Turabi, which aired on Nile News TV on August 4, 2008.
Interviewer: Do you support the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir – yes or no?
Hassan Al-Turabi: At the moment, this demand has been suspended, but if arrest warrants are issued – then yes. I have faith in this court, unlike the Security Council...
Interviewer: What is your evidence? Why this court? This court has only convened four times.
Al-Turabi: There is no other court. Where should we go? The Arab League tried to establish such a court, but failed.
Al-Turabi: [Darfur] rebelled, just like the South, because the South obtained its rights by means of force. There was a balance of power, and [the government] had to sit with them against its will. [The South] was supported by the Americans, Europeans, and Africans. Now, they rule the South as they see fit. An agreement was signed with them. [The people in Darfur] said: We are also oppressed. We were oppressed by the British in the past, because we were allies of the Ottoman Empire in WW I. That is why they attacked and punished us. We don't get the same transportation, railway tracks, or education as they do. We are just as backward as the South. Give us what we deserve in peaceful ways. But the response was: No. Therefore, they rebelled, just like the South. We want to reach peace with them, just like we did with the South. They are Muslims. There is nothing wrong with them.