Ahmed Mohamed meets Sudan's president, an accused war criminal

According to the Sudan Tribune, Ahmed met with Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum on Wednesday evening. The Paris-based Web site reports that the teenager told reporters that he was “extremely delighted” to meet Bashir and hoped to return to visit the Sudanese president again “with a new invention and success.”…

Bashir is no ordinary world leader. He has an outstanding arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, for example, for allegedly orchestrating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. The country he leads is under a variety of U.S. sanctions. His government harbored Osama bin Laden for five years in the 1990s. A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks even suggested he may have secretly stolen $9 billion in oil money.

To make it even more remarkable, Ahmed’s father, Mohamed El Hassan Mohamed,  has campaigned against Bashir in not one but two presidential elections. After he was blocked from appearing on the ballot in 2010, El Hassan complained that Bashir had personally blocked his name from the ballot. “I was told that Bashir personally intervened with the [appeals] court to reject my challenge,” El Hassan reportedly told the Sudan Tribune.