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George Mathis

#IStandWithAhmed meets president of Sudan, a wanted war criminal

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Remember Ahmed, the Texas teen who was suspended from school for bring a homemade digital clock to school that looked like a bomb?

Ahmed Mohamed (L), a 14-year-old US Muslim teenager of Sudanese origin who became an overnight sensation after a Texas teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, poses for a picture with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) in Khartoum on October 14, 2015. The son of Sudanese immigrants who live in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a home-made clock to impress a new teacher at MacArthur High Schoo was taken away from school in handcuffs and briefly arrested by police. Police later said they have determined that Mohamed had no malicious intent and it was "just a naive set of circumstances." AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahmed Mohamed (L), a 14-year-old US Muslim teenager of Sudanese origin who became an overnight sensation after a Texas teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, poses for a picture with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) in Khartoum on October 14, 2015. (Photo credit ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The school’s reaction, which included handcuffing the 14-year-old, set off a social media firestorm.

President Obama, among others, used social media to express their support of the inventive teen, but others said the clock was no invention at all … it was just a dismantled clock stuffed in a new case.

Obama invited Ahmed to the White House on Twitter as the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag erupted.

Obama will have to wait to meet Ahmed, because he’s currently visiting Africa with his family and, according to images supplied by Getty, met the president of the Sudan Wednesday.

The president of the Sudan is Omar al-Bashir, a wanted war criminal.

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court,  an international tribunal in The Hague in the Netherlands, for alleged war crimes in Darfur, a region of Sudan that has been “ethnically cleansed” of non-Arabs by government forces.

Bashir was in South Africa this summer for a meeting with other African leaders, but was not detained on the international charges.

A Sudan Tribune article shows Ahmed and his father, a former Sudanese presidential candidate, meeting with Bashir.

Ahmed’s father, Mohamed al-Hassan, ran unsuccessfully last April against Bashir but spoke highly of his former political foe.

After meeting Bashir, Ahmed told reporters he was “extremely delighted” to meet the president and enjoyed visiting Sudan.

“He expressed hope that he would have the opportunity to meet again with the Sudanese president ‘with a new invention and success,’ the Sudan Times reports.

Ahmed’s Twitter feed features various post of him enjoying his time abroad, including Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

A picture taken from a plane is accompanied by text saying “I am coming home, tell the world I am coming home .”

 

 

 

 

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