Since the Arab League chose the Sudanese General Mohamad Ahmad Mustafa Al-Dabi to lead its observers' mission in Syria, flashes of this man's dark life have appeared in the media. The Syrian National Council (SNC) sources called him an "ex Baathist", belonging to the Sudanese branch of the ruling party in Syria; others rightly linked his appointment to his Qatar credentials, being Sudan's ambassador to Doha in 2003-4. Here is what we know about Al-Dabi:
1. He led the Sudanese campaign against the war crimes indictment of the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. He was the General Coordinator of the Campaign against the ICC.
2. He took senior military and intelligence positions since Bashir's coup against the democratically elected government in Sudan. Clearly, Dabi is a regime loyalist.
3. He played a significant role in Darfur's conflict, at least in the mediation phase as Bashir's envoy. He was also named by a Darfur website, as one of the "wanted for the people of Darfur". Al-Dabi, whose name means snake in Arabic, and was dubbed as the snake of Darfur, was also accused of using threats during negotiations.
4. During his tenure as the military intelligence chief, torture was a common practise.
So to encapsulate the situation, the Arab League appointed an anti international justice campaigner, or a pro war crimes campaigner, to observe human rights violations! The Arab League is still infested by anti-human rights dictators.