Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir arrives in Beijing

Sudan's leader Omar al-Bashir (center) walks next to a Chinese military officer as he arrives at Beijing International Airport on June 28, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - OMAR al-Bashir, wanted for war crimes, arrived in Beijing early on Tuesday, according to an AFP photographer, a day after the Sudanese leader was originally due in China to meet President Hu Jintao.

Bashir's visit has outraged rights groups who criticise Beijing for hosting a man wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for atrocities committed during Sudan's civil war.

He had been scheduled to arrive early Monday but Chinese foreign ministry staff said his plane was 'delayed', prompting the cancellation of planned meetings, including with Mr Hu.

China is a key supporter of the regime in Khartoum despite ICC arrest warrants for Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan's western Darfur region, where about 300,000 people have died since 2003. -- AFP

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