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Sudan’s President Bashir Arrives Late in China After Detour

Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir, indicted for genocide and war crimes, arrived in China after being forced to postpone meetings with officials yesterday because his plane was turned back by Turkmenistan authorities.

Al-Bashir landed in Beijing early this morning, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The Sudanese leader had been en route from Iran to China to meet President Hu Jintao, Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Al-Obaid Murawih, said by phone from Khartoum. He said the plane returned to Tehran and didn’t give its location when it was forced to change course.