The Public Prosecutor’s Office has charged the deposed President Omar Al Bashir and other former government leaders with incitement and involvement in the killing of demonstrators during the recent protests, according to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA).
The former government leaders have been charged under article 177.2 of the Criminal Code. Investigations are conducted expeditiously in order to be able to arrest other former officials that are accused.
As reported previously by Radio Dabanga, a group of prominent Sudanese lawyers announced on Monday that the country’s Attorney-General has accepted criminal proceedings against those who planned and carried out the military coup of June 30 1989, led by ousted President Omar Al Bashir, under articles 78 with 96 and 96) (B) of the Criminal Code of 1983. Attorney-General El Waleed Sayed has warned those trying to cover up crimes of the accused or helping them escape.
The chairman of the group of lawyers and head of the Broad National Front, Ali Hasanein, explained to a press conference at Teiba Press Hall in Khartoum on Monday afternoon that the National Islamic Front, responsible for the coup, over time split into six entities: the Islamic Movement, the National Congress Party, the Popular Congress Party, the Reform Now Movement, the Platform for a Just Peace, and the Justice Party.
He explained that the charge does not include the Parties concerned, but rather, individuals involved in the coup. “We want to say that the affiliation of these persons to new parties and entities does not exempt them from criminal responsibility and advocacy does not fall statute of limitations.”
He pointed out that criminal proceedings have been initiated against all those who planned, participated in, and carried out the coup in 1989. This includes all the members of the military revolutionary council headed by Omar Al Bashir, namely: Bakri Hasan Saleh, Tijani Byoyo Kwan, Martin Arab Moy, Ibrahim Nayil, Suleiman Mohamed, Salaheldin Karrar, Feisal Madani, Mohamed El Amin Khalifa, Dominique Cassiano, Feisal Abu Saleh, Osman El Hassan, El Tayeb Ibrahim, Abdelrahim Hussein, Yousef Abdelfattah, Younis Mahmoud, Salah Abdallah (aka Salah Gosh) and Hasan Dahawi.
The list of civilians includes Ali Osman Taha, Nafi Ali Nafi, Awad El Jaz, Ali Karti, Ali El Haj, Ibrahim El Sanousi, Ghazi Salaheldin, Mahdi Ibrahim, Abdelrahman Ibrahim, Ahmed El Taher, Amin Hasan Omar, Hasan El Hussein, Ibrahim Omar, Haj Satour, El Tayeb Mustafa, Hussein Khojali, Abdelrahim Hamdi, Serajeldin Hamid, Osman Mudawi, and Amin Banani.
Lawyer Kamal El Jazouli stressed that once the charges have been filed and the prosecution accepts them, legal procedures will be in force including a travel ban, investigation will be initiated, and other proceedings will follow.
He added: “We hope that legal proceedings will be starting today.” He also announced further criminal charges against Al Bashir and the leaders of the former regime. He explained that the group of lawyers believe that this case is very important at this time because such trials establish a solid democracy.
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