|Sudan wants to strike 'hijackers for rebels' deal with Eritrea |
Sep 07, 2004 - The government has announced its categorical refusal to hand over the Eritrean suspects who hijacked a Libyan aircraft.
The presidential political adviser, Dr Qutbi al-Mahdi, said the government will not extradite the Eritrean suspects to their country as they have already been tried here in accordance with the law of the land.
In an exclusive statement to the Sudanese Media Centre upon arrival from his medical trip, Al-Mahdi linked the extradition of the hijackers to Eritrea's handover of the Sudanese rebels in its camps.
Al-Mahdi went on to say that if Eritrea agrees to hand over the Sudanese rebels in camps inside Eritrea then the government will try to hand over its [Eritrea's] criminals. In this respect, he pointed out, however, that there is no extradition agreement between the two countries.
Source: Sudanese Media Centre web site, Khartoum, in Arabic 6 Sep 04