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‘Sudanese regular forces do not stand above the law’: North Darfur governor

July 1 - 2015 EL FASHER
Members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in Darfur  (file photo)
Members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces in Darfur (file photo)

The newly appointed governor of North Darfur, Abdelwahed Yousef, has warned the Sudanese regular forces that their “military identity does not protect them when they commit crimes”.

Yousef stressed in a press conference in El Fasher on Tuesday that “the law applies to everyone, including the regular armed forces”, consisting of the army and the Rapid Support Forces government militia. “No one stands above the Sudanese law.”

Deputy-Governor Adam El Nahala told the press that the North Darfur state government has issued emergency regulations for the entire state.

A new decree bans “illegal financial transactions”, security checkpoints and “toll-gates” set up by others than army staff or police agents on all the state roads, vehicles without number plates, the wearing of the kadamool, a veil covering the face, and prohibiting the carrying of arms by non-regular forces in North Darfur.

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