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Leading JEM member seized in Sudan capital

May 31 - 2019 KHARTOUM
Combatants of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (File photo: Aberfoyle International Security)
Combatants of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (File photo: Aberfoyle International Security)

Military police seized Ibrahim El Maz Deng, a leading member of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), near his home in Khartoum North on Wednesday. He has been taken to an unknown destination.

The spokesman for the Darfur rebel movement, Mutasim Saleh, said in a statement on Thursday that an armed group wearing uniforms of the military police abducted Deng in front of the mosque next to his home in the densely populated El Haj Yousef district in Khartoum North the day before.

Targeting leaders

The statement condemned the abduction in the strongest terms, and called it “a serious development of continuing the process of targeting the leaders of the Sudanese revolution”. The statement holds the military junta responsible for Deng’s safety. It called on the Alliance for Freedom and Change and on local and international human rights organisations to press for the immediate release of the JEM leader.

Last month, the Justice and Equality Movement called for the release of all prisoners and detainees that were taken in the war in Darfur, Kordofan, and Blue Nile and for the release of political prisoners and activists. 


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