Sudanese authorities on Tuesday released 13 prisoners from the Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan (JEM-Sudan) out of 22 prisoners scheduled to be released as a first group.
Sadig Yusif Zakaria, the spokesman for the movement, told Radio Dabanga that the authorities yesterday released 13 JEM-Sudan troops, ten from Shala prison in North Darfur’s capital El Fasher, and three from the Kober prison in Khartoum.
Zalaria revealed that between 80 and 90 JEM-Sudan members are still detained, adding that the release procedure is extremely slow. He demanded from the authorities to speed up the release of the rest of the prisoners.
The JEM-Sudan troops released from Kober prison in Khartoum are: Musa Abdallah Ali Shogar, Bishara Eisa Mohammed Salih, and Abdallah Mursal Tor Abdallah, while those released from Shala prison in El Fasher are: Malik Mohamedein, Sideeg Mohamedein Ibrahim, Saif El Din Mohammed Abu Bakar, Ahmed Younis Mohamed Suleiman, Abdel Majid Ibrahim Yagoub, Abdallah Sharif Imam, Elmur Hari Eisa, Teerab Adam Yousif, Abdel Bari Osman Eisa, and Adam Abdel Razig Abdel Jabbar.
The faction, under the command of Mohamed Bashar, broke away from the mainstream JEM in 2012. The movement declared a cessation of hostilities in October 2012, and agreed on a ceasefire with the Sudanese government on 10 February 2013. Agreement on a supplementary protocol to the DDPD was reached in March 2013, and signed on 6 April in Doha.
Bakhit Abdallah Abdel Karim (known as Dabjo) became chairman of JEM-Sudan after the death of Mohamed Bashar and other senior leaders in a violent clash with mainstream JEM forces in North Darfur, near the Sudan-Chad border, in May 2013.
File photo: Slain JEM-Bashar leader, Mohamed Bashar
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