إقتباس: تصحيح "الدبلوماسية السودانية : مقارنةً بالوضع بالسودان الوضع بليبيا لا يستدعي الإجلاء".
DEFECTION OF A DIPLOMAT
The Administrative Attaché at the embassy of Sudan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Abdel Aziz Ahmed Khattab, has issued a statement at the end of September 1997, announcing his defection to the opposition side, and claiming to have in his possession information and documents that testify to the political and moral corruption of the NIF leadership.
Khattab, who is now seeking political asylum in the Netherlands, claimed that the Sudanese embassy in Malaysia has been working diligently in coordinating and concluding arms deals between the Sudanese government and arms dealers in southeast Asia. He said that heavy armaments (aircraft, tanks and mortars) have been procured from China, Indonesia and the Russian Mafia. They were shipped to Sudan under the guise of petroleum exploration equipment, in the names of the Malaysian National Petroleum Company (Petronas) and the Chinese National Petroleum Company. A Malaysian government loan of $200 million and funds collected by Islamic charity organisations were used to pay for the arms.
The opposition's NDA spokesman welcomed Khattab and said it is an important victory for the opposition and a heavy blow to the regime in Khartoum.
Khartoum's reaction was to accuse Khattab of corruption. State Foreign Minister, Mustafa Osman Ismail, said Khattab was not a diplomat, but rather a 'low-level staffer, who committed financial and administrative irregularities and, in order to avoid accountability, has decided to join the opposition ranks'.