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Leaders of Sudan’s 1989 Coup Face Arrest as Part of Campaign to Purge State of Corruption


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Fri, 15 Nov 2019 23:37 GMT

Sudanese prosecutors opened a 30-year-old case on Friday, November 15th prompting the recall of an aide of ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

According to the Sudanese newspaper Al Intibaha, Attorney General Taj Al-Sir Ali Al-Habr opened the file of the June 30, 1989 coup that brought Bashir to power.

Accordingly, the public prosecution issued arrest warrants and subpoenas for a large number of the 1989 coup leaders and participants, as well as military and political leaders from before the coup.

Al Intibaha quoted reliable sources as saying that the public prosecution summoned Nafie Ali Nafie, a former Bashir aide, from Kober prison, where he is being held, to investigate him regarding the 1989 coup.

The sources also said that retired Brigadier General Youssef Abdel Fattah, who presented information described as "dangerous," was investigated about the techniques of the coup and the mechanisms of its implementation.

Also, sources added that "the prosecution also interrogated Prime Minister-elect Sadiq al-Mahdi, who was overthrown by the coup on June 30, 1989, and included the interrogation of Lieutenant General Mehdi Babu Nimr as one of the most prominent leaders of the General Staff during the democratic government.”

Over the next two days, the investigation is expected to see the appearance of senior leaders of the Islamic Front and the senior officers who perpetrated the coup, according to Al Intibaha, and Bashir himself may be among those summoned in the investigation.

Meanwhile, first Vice-President of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council Lt. General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo confirmed that the reasons for the sanctions imposed on Sudan since 2005 by the UN Security Council under resolution 1591 have completely been eliminated.

During his meeting with the head of the UN Sanctions Committee for Sudan and South Sudan, Joanna Veronica, at his residence in Khartoum, Dagalo explained that Sudan has made great progress in establishing peace and stability after the recent political change and the resumption of the transitional government, which requires lifting the sanctions on Sudan and removing it from terrorist lists.

The sanctions against Sudan include an arms embargo, travel ban, and the freezing of assets of people involved in the more than 11-year-old conflict in the western Darfur region.

The Sudanese army's war against rebels in Darfur since 2003 has killed 300,000 people and displaced 2.5 million, according to UN statistics.

Nearly 1.2 million people have been affected by a similar war waged by the military against other rebels in South Kordofan and Azak Nile states, bordering South Sudan, since 2011, according to UN data.

Sudan's former president, Omar al-Bashir, ruled Sudan through a military coup in 1989 until he was ousted in a popular uprising in April 2019 due to economic conditions.

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