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Viewing cable 09USUNNEWYORK306, C) ICC’S OCAMPO ON SUDAN: GO AFTER BASHIR’S MONEY

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09USUNNEWYORK306 2009-03-24 22:10 2010-12-18 21:09 CONFIDENTIAL USUN New York
P 242217Z MAR 09
FM USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6167
INFO DARFUR COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L USUN NEW YORK 000306 

EO 12958 DECL: 03/23/2019 
TAGS PGOV, PREL, UNSC, PHUM, SU, XW 
SUBJECT: (C) ICC’S OCAMPO ON SUDAN: GO AFTER BASHIR’S MONEY 
AND CALL FOR HIS ARREST; REASSURE CHINA

Classified By: Ambassador Alejandro D. Wolff, for reasons 1.4 b/d

1. (C) International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Ambassadors Rice and Wolff on March 20 that Sudanese President Bashir needed to be isolated. Ocampo suggested if Bashir’s stash of money were disclosed (he put the figure at possibly $9 billion), it would change Sudanese public opinion from him being a “crusader” to that of a thief. Ocampo reported Lloyd’s Bank in London might be holding or knowledgeable of the whereabouts of his money. Ocampo suggested simply exposing that Bashir had illegal accounts would be enough to turn the Sudanese against him, “as with Pinochet.”

2. (C) Ocampo said Bashir invents conflict to create a better negotiating position, and thought Bashir was using the expulsion of the NGOs to divert attention away from his arrest warrant. Ocampo suggested the U.S. and the international community also needed to push for Bashir’s arrest to isolate him. Ocampo likened Bashir’s situation to “a bleeding shark being surrounded by other sharks,” with no loyalty, only greed, motivating those competing for power. By promoting the possibility of Bashir’s arrest, Bashir would be further marginalized within Sudan’s ruling elite, Ocampo thought.

3. (C) Ocampo suggested it would be beneficial to reassure China that its access to oil would not be jeopardized. If China believed Bashir was becoming a destabilizing influence, Ocampo said China might be more open to his removal as long as his replacement would guarantee support for China’s economic interests.
Wolff