Sudan's president warns of tighter Islamic law
December 20th, 2010
06:01 PM ET

Sudan's president warns of tighter Islamic law

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has warned that he will tighten the application of Islamic law, or sharia, in northern Sudan if southern Sudan votes for independence next month, the Sudan News Agency reported.

"If the separation of the South unfortunately happens, the constitution will be amended and sharia will become the main source of legislation," al-Bashir said.

Sharia already is the law of the land in northern Sudan, but the authorities have relaxed their enforcement of it since a 2005 peace treaty ended more than 20 years of civil war.

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  1. Scott

    I understand. The south separates. The north enforces sharia law. Sharia law will require the north to wage jihad against the south. But this will be a declared war between countries. The north will not have to hold back or even try to look like it’s holding back. Sounds like a recipe for “legitimated” genocide

    December 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • Barry

      Derrida derider, Southern Sudan is reorusce rich; it has most of Sudan's oil reserves. However there have been decades of war since the Brits let go of the place on the proviso that they stick within their imperially imposed boundaries. Darfur was itself an independent sultanate up until WW1 when the Brits invaded because the then sultan was toying with supporting Germany out of fears of impending British takeover. Sadly, Darfur is set to stay part of the new northern Sudan.

      October 8, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  2. cynik77

    Why don't they just stop using electricity? I mean, it was the evil west that created it.
    Let's make Sudan go backwards in time. We can get live feeds on TV and watch Roman style debauchery. Live executions of little children for carrying arround a stuffed teddy named Mo, who someone thought was short for Mohammed, and decided it was blasphemous.

    December 24, 2010 at 1:24 am |
  3. Keith

    They'll probably make him a guest speaker at the Ground Zero Mosque.

    December 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  4. NM


    December 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  5. Gary

    Sudan such a prosperous pleasant country, No war no hunger I may move there now that the leader promises less freedoms and more brainwashing religion.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  6. J100409

    This is probably a play to his base in the north in case he takes the prestige hit of the south breaking off.

    December 21, 2010 at 5:41 pm |

    What more can they already do to the people to control them through the Delusional Judicial System of Religious Rhetoric besides an all out genocide of their people...Maybe this will be their solution...Sounds like it may be coming for the people in Sudan...Religion is the autrocity of violence and horrors throughout history...-Yet people are still blinded by politics & religion and still never learn from history...Can you say "BRAINWASHED" out of "FEAR"...

    December 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  8. Reality

    Another follower of the koran:

    "Al-Bashir is a controversial figure both in Sudan and worldwide. In July 2008, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, accused al-Bashir of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.[8] The court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir on 4 March 2009 on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him for genocide.[9][10] However on 12 July 2010, after a lengthy appeal by the prosecution, the Court held that there was indeed sufficient evidence for charges of genocide to be brought and issued a second warrant containing three separate counts. The new warrant, as with the first, will be delivered to the Sudanese government, which is unlikely to execute it.[10] Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state ever indicted by the ICC as well as the first to be charged with genocide.[10] The court's decision is opposed by the African Union, League of Arab States, Non-Aligned Movement, and the governments of Russia and the People's Republic of China.[11] One expert has called on the court to suspend the arrest warrant. No Expert calls to suspend the arrest warrant in the article cited. [12]

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/omar-al-bashir#ixzz18mTyWcVl

    December 21, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  9. Maryxus

    Except for, you know, that whole separation of Church and State thing that's in effect in our government. It applies to all Church, not just the Christian one.

    December 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  10. Bruce

    That is the failure of Islam. It is all of law and works. When that takes effect in America the liberals will just say, "Well, we didn't know." Every Muslim everywhere is connected to the Sharia Law and it will soon be set up here for one and all to abide by, or else.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  11. Mike, not me


    December 21, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  12. Reality

    An easy solution to end the entire system of superst-itions, myths and embellishments:

    Muslims should burn their copies of the koran for the 1400 year old con job that is pulled on them daily by the imams and ayatollahs. Christians should burn their copies of the NT for the 2000 year old con job that has been perpetuated on them by popes, bishops, priests, ministers and evangelicals. And Jews should burn their copies of the OT/Torah for the 6000 year old con job pulled on them by their past and current rabbis.

    December 21, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  13. Methusalem

    One of the worst Muslims on Christians–genocide cases has been seen in Sothern Sudan during the last couple of decades - and now, the ignorant and indifferent world remains mute and refuses to lend its focus to the African continent – and the next genocide that was to never again occur could repeat itself one more time. Where is the ever vocal and emotional liberal-left on this blog?

    December 21, 2010 at 6:51 am |
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