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Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok Opens Probe into Protestors’ Death

Last updated on October 3rd, 2019

Sudan’s newly appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, has opened an investigation into a lethal crackdown on protestors in June, which claimed the lives of dozens of people. The attacks at that time were billed as a direct threat to the nation’s pro-democracy uprising.

Protest leaders came forward with a proposal to establish an international inquiry as part of a subsequent power-sharing agreement with the military, yet generals remained stalled on a Sudanese-led probe.

As demonstrators put it, at least 128 people were killed and hundreds were wounded when the security forces overpowered protestors, on June 3. The forces further dispersed stager’s main sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. However, as per the authorities ‘the number of causalities were 87, of which 17 were from the sit-in area’.

The eruption signaled a crackdown all over the nation, eventually leading to breakdown in talks between the protestors and the ruling general, who dethroned autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April, after his 3-decade-long rule.

On Saturday, Abdalla Hamdok said, the probe will be led by a seven-member committee that includes a top judge, an independent figure and two attorneys. The justice, defense and interior ministries will also be represented on the committee.

The investigation, which is expected to wind up in six months, could also ask for support from the African Union if needed, the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said.

According to the inspection carried out by Sudanese prosecutors in July, the ruling generals did not order the breakdown, and instead shunned the act carried out by paramilitary forces who did not abide by the orders.

Prosecutor Fathel-Rahman said, during that period the security forces were told only to tackle with a lawless area close to the protest camp and not the sit-in itself.

Sudan’s first cabinet since the ousting of the former President Omar-al-Bashir, sworn in on September 8 as the country finally transitioned towards a civilian rule. The newly sworn 18-member-crew also includes 4 women.

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