Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed has used his “suitcase clock” fame to meet with many famous people. He added a peculiar addition to his list on Wednesday – a man accused by the International Criminal Court of masterminding genocide in Sudan.
“I am coming home, tell the world I am coming home #sudan,” the 14-year-old from Irving, Texas, tweeted Wednesday.
Home apparently included the company of Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted by the ICC for five counts of crimes against humanity (murder), two counts of war crimes (intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population), and three counts of genocide (genocide by killing, genocide by causing serious bodily or mental harm, and genocide by deliberately inflicting on each target group conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s physical destruction).
The first ICC warrant for his arrest was issued in 2009. Al-Bashir was also accused of harboring 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden for five years in the 1990s, the Washington Post reported Friday.
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Mohamed was temporarily detained by police and suspended by MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, on Sept. 14. His story captured national media attention, at which point President Obama invited the student to the White House.
“Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great,” Obama tweeted Sept. 16.
Since the White House invitation was made, it has been reported the student was suspended multiple times in middle school, his sister once faced disciplinary measures over “bomb” allegations, his father’s Facebook page for the Arabic-language National Reform Party pushes 9/11 conspiracy theories (the page is now private), and that Mohamed’s “invention” consisted of taking parts out of a commercial alarm clock and putting them into a suitcase.
“If someone had really made a clock, this circuitry would not look like this. First of all, this transformer is for a 120 volt line. People who do ‘maker’ things do not tend to use AC power because it’s a bit more dangerous and there’s no reason to do it. You can use batteries,” electronics expert Thomas Talbot said in a viral YouTube video posted Sept. 20, WND reported.
Obama is scheduled to meet Mohamed at the White House over the weekend, the newspaper reported Friday.
The boy and his family used the newfound celebrity status as an opportunity to meet with Turkey’s prime minister at the U.N.’s General Assembly in New York, tour of an “education city” in Doha, Qatar, attend a celebration in Saudi Arabia hosted by the Sudanese community in Jeddah, and complete a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and school officials insist evidence exists that shows the teenager’s actions Sept. 14 in a different light. The Irving School District cannot release its records from that day without the family’s permission because Mohamed is a minor.
“The family is ignoring the requests from the ISD,” Mayor Beth Van Duyne told the Dallas Morning News Oct. 8.
Attorneys Thomas Bowers and Reggie London, the family’s legal representation, did not respond last Friday when asked for comment by the Dallas Morning News.