Sudan Sovereign Council Member: 'Islamists' Planned to Seize All State’s Resources
Member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Mohamed Alfaki Suleiman said that the majority of former regime officials were involved in financial and administrative corruption cases, or security and human rights violations.
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Suleiman said that the Council has formed 48 committees to “eradicate the effects of the previous regime, and recover billions of dollars looted abroad and trillions of Sudanese pounds at home.”
Out of the 48 bodies, 13 are working under the recently established Salvation Regime Dismantlement Committee, and the rest reports to the Public Prosecution.
“The committees seized hundreds of properties owned by officials in previous governments, which were registered under their names or the names of their relatives,” he revealed.
Suleiman, who is vice-chairman of the Salvation Regime Dismantlement Committee, said that the Islamists in Sudan were planning to “swallow” the State... even before they came to power in June 1989.
The committee was formed in November to dismantle institutions linked to the former regime and seize former officials’ properties and looted funds.
“After their coup against the democratic system, on June 30, 1989, the (empowerment) plan was ready to be implemented, according to political interpretations and religious foundations, stemming from their vision of citizenship… As a result of this empowerment plan, they captured the state’s resources, dismissed senior officials in strategic institutions and replaced them with their supporters, so that they could pass their plans… The empowerment project paved the way for facilitating theft,” Suleiman said about the Islamist movement.
The Sudanese Sovereign Council member noted that the committees had succeeded in regaining many real estate properties within Khartoum.
“We found a minister who owned 400 properties, another official with 300 housing plots, and a third one who owned 100 plots, all registered in the names of their children and relatives,” he recounted.
Suleiman went on to say that other committees were working to recover looted funds abroad.
“There are no specific figures, but there is information about huge financial deposits estimated at billions,” he revealed, adding: “We have contacts with external parties, and have assigned companies to work to recover money abroad... This matter depends on laws and cooperation agreements with other countries.”
As for cooperation with some former regime officials, Suleiman asserted that the relevant committees working abroad have contacted some of the symbols of the ousted regime.
“Some of them expressed their desire to cooperate with us and their willingness to provide us with information about the funds abroad,” he said.
He pointed out that the Sudanese Public Prosecution was also working on many files, including the sale of public sector institutions, such as Sudan Air.
Asked about the rates of corruption during the former era of national salvation, Suleiman said: “There is no official in the ousted system, who is not corrupt... The whole system is corrupt; therefore no one is exempt from corruption.”