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Rebels accuse Sudanese govt. of blocking PoW transfer

March 13 - 2015 DARFUR
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The SPLM North has accused the Khartoum regime of blocking the release of 20 Prisoners of War (PoW) through the Red Cross.

The spokesman for the SPLM North negotiation delegation, Mubarak Ardol, told Radio Dabanga that the movement had contact and correspondence with the International Red Cross for the release of 20 prisoners in accordance with an initiative of El Saihoun, but the Khartoum regime objected to transferring the prisoners to neighbouring countries.

Ardol urged the Sudanese, especially the relatives of the prisoners, to pressure on the Khartoum regime so as to allow the transfer of the prisoners to their families.

Fathulalim Abdul Hey, the Secretary-General of El Saihoun, a group of young Islamist fighters who fought in the South and Nuba Mountains, confirmed that acts of torture and killing of prisoners have been exercised by the ruling Islamists with support of religious opinions such as Fatwa.

In an interview with the independent electronic El Tagyeer newspaper, Fathulalim downplayed the possibility that the National Congress Party could be reformed from within. He added that through the constitutional amendments, President Al Bashir has become the sole power centre in the State.

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