"Neutral Turkmenistan" prides itself on balancing relations with many competing powers. Yet it's hard to know why Sudan's dictator, Omar Al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, was turned away by Turkmenistan when he sought to fly from Iran to China over Turkmen territory on Monday.
According to reports from Bloomberg and other wire services, Bashir was requested not to fly through Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, because of concerns about the enforcement of the ICC warrant. Tajikistan is a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC; Turkmenistan is not.
Wasil Ali, deputy editor-in-chief of the Sudan Tribune has a different story. In a comment on Twitter June 27, he said, "#Sudan parliament said #tajikistan and #turkmenistan fell under #US pressure to block #Bashir plane #ICC
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