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Sudan A-G: ‘Perpetrators of human rights violations will be held to account’

October 31 - 2019 KHARTOUM
At a ceremony in Khartoum on October 16, Sudan’s new Attorney General Tajelsir El Hibir (l) is congratulated by the chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan (r), as in the presence of Sudan’s first woman Chief Justice, Nemat Kheir (c) (RD correspondent)
At a ceremony in Khartoum on October 16, Sudan’s new Attorney General Tajelsir El Hibir (l) is congratulated by the chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan (r), as in the presence of Sudan’s first woman Chief Justice, Nemat Kheir (c) (RD correspondent)

Sudan’s Attorney General, Tajelsir El Hibir, has vowed to try perpetrators of serious human rights violations since 1989. At a press conference in Khartoum on Wednesday following a meeting with Houria Ismail, the Commissioner-General of the National Commission for Human Rights, El Hibir announced that the perpetrators of the killings of peaceful protesters in September-October 2013, as well as the violent dismantling of the sit-in in front of the army command in Khartoum on June 3, will be held to account.

El Hibir stated that the Public Prosecution is concerned with any human rights violations that occurred during the previous period and the punishment of the perpetrators of these crimes. He further called for Sudan to join the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The Commissioner-General Ismail said that human rights are a global issue with international impact, and called for all efforts from police, judiciary, and prosecutors with regard to the issue.

She added that the country is entering a new phase in the field of human rights “emerging from the previous dark tunnel” and promised to increase the number of prosecutions and prosecutors especially in Darfur.

Former NCP commissioner arrested

Yasin Mohamed Nur, former commissioner of the National Congress Party of ousted President Omar Al Bashir and parliamentarian, was arrested earlier this week after the legal advisor of the Sovereign Council filed a number of complaints against him.

The Prosecution of Information Crimes in Khartoum North charged him with defamation of character, and terrorism. Nur was released on bail.

Nur had broadcast a video that condemned the formation of the Sovereign Council and threatened its members, saying that he would crush them “under my boots”. He announced the existence of 300,000 mujahideen in the country “to protect religion”.

The Prosecution of Illegally Owned Wealth has filed more than 50 complaints against leaders of the former regime and their relatives.

The Public Prosecution Office is investigating approximately ten complaints of corruption, including those of the Heathrow Line and River Transport.

The head of Zero Corruption Organisation, Nadir El Obeid, said that the most prominent charged figures of the former regime by the prosecution are Ali Osman Taha, Nafi Ali Nafi, Ahmed Haroun (also wanted by the International Criminal Court), and Abdelbasit Hamza.


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