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Sudan seeks international warrants for those who sold Heathrow slot

Posted 9 December 2016 · Add Comment

The Sudanese Ministry of Justice has announced that, through Interpol, it has issued an international arrest warrant for all persons involved in the sale of Sudan Airways' London Heathrow slot, reports ch-aviation.

Local media reports state Minister of Justice, Dr. Awad Al-Hassan Al-Nour, told a parliamentary briefing this week that warrants for the arrest of thirty-three people resident outside of Sudan have now been issued in connection with the sale.

Khartoum alleges that Sudan Airways sold its only Heathrow slot to bmi british midland during the 2007-11 period when Kuwait’s AREF Investment Group controlled a 49% stake in the carrier. The Kuwaitis denied the allegation claiming the murky transaction occurred before their arrival

In 2012, Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir ordered a probe into the deal and demanded that those responsible for the sale be held accountable and that the slot be either "reinstated or have the airline reimbursed."

In 2015, the Sudanese Attorney General filed criminal suits against each of Ian Patrick, an adviser to AIG, and Captain Ali Ditchi, the Deputy Chairman of AIG's Board of Directors, as well as anyone proven to have cooperated with them in the sale of the slot.

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