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Sudanese Question Investigation Committees Set up by Government

Sudanese Question Investigation Committees Set up by Government

Monday, 24 February, 2020 - 12:15
A Sudanese protester holds a national flag as he stands on a barricade along a street in Khartoum on June 5. (Reuters)
Khartoum - Ahmed Younis

The Sudanese people have bad experiences with government committees, sarcastically saying that if the government wanted to foil an event, it would set up a committee to look into it.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok ordered an investigation into a violent crackdown by security forces on demonstrators who protested the dismissal of army officers expressing solidarity with the marches against former President Omar al-Bashir.

He said Attorney General Taj-Elsir Ali would head the committee and a final report would be issued within seven days.

Another committee was set up during the transitional government ruling period to tackle a violent crackdown on protesters in June in which security forces killed dozens near the Defense Ministry in Khartoum.

Headed by human rights lawyer Nabil Adib, the commission was charged with identifying those responsible for breaking up the sit-in, as well as establishing the number of dead, wounded and missing, and the financial losses incurred by those affected.

Although the decision specified three months for the commission to finish its work and granted it one-month extensions provided it submits progress reports, yet its ability to carry out its mission on time was questioned by people.

Adib announced on Sunday that his committee “will not issue recommendations and will not hold a press conference to announce the results of its investigations.”

“It is a criminal investigation committee, which specifies criminal acts that may entail criminal charges for those whose name appears in probe results,” he explained, adding that these people will be transferred to the court through the Attorney General.

However, many people were not convinced by his statement. As soon as he posted it on his official Facebook page, they began questioning its credibility and one of the activists accused him of stalling.

Several committees were formed to investigate events that followed the victory of the Sudanese revolution in April 2019, but none of them have submitted any reports of their findings.

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