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Sudanese authorities arrest opposition officials after meeting with Ethiopia’s Abiy


Ismail Jalab SPLM-N SG (C) and other FFC representatives discuss with Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed after a meeting in Khartoum on 7 June 2019 (ST Photo)

June 8, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese security forces arrested SPLM-N Agar Secretary General Ismail Jalab and Spokesperson Mubarak Ardol in the first hours of Saturday morning after taking part in a meeting of the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Also, the security authorities arrested Mohamed Ismat, a leading member of the Unionists in Opposition who was part of the FFC delegation for the meeting with Abiy.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday Buthaina Ibrahim Dinar, Spokesperson for the SPLM-N Agar Leadership Council confirmed the detention of the two leading members saying it occurred at 03:00 am.

She added they hold the security apparatus responsible for the safety of the detained SPLM-N leaders.

Badreddin Mussa, a member of the SPLM-N goodwill delegation and Mujtaba Saeed Arman, Yasir Arman young brother were also beaten by the security forces, according to the statement.

On Friday evening, Jalab said that the Ethiopian prime minister told the FFC delegation that he had been informed by the Sudanese authorities that Yasir Arman SPLM-N Agar deputy leader would be released within two days.

He further said that African Union Special Envoy for Sudan EL-hacen Lebatt told them that the Transitional Military Council (TMC) confirmed Arman’s arrest.

The two rebel officials who are part of the Movement’s Goodwill delegation were taken to an unknown place.

The Sudanese opposition in their meeting with the visiting Ethiopian prime minister asked for a number of confidence-building measures to create a conducive environment for talks including the release of political detainees.

The opposition sources mention that the arrest has been conducted by the Rapid Support Forces and agents of the National Intelligence and Security Services.


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  • 8 June 10:54, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    TMC and RSD will spoil Sudan. Please hand over power to civilians.

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  • 8 June 15:11, by Anthony

    I hope Sudan goes into a civil war. The Arab bastards deserve it. They should suffer like they caused suffering in darfur,nuba mountains/blue nile and south sudan. A civil war in sudan will also give South sudan a better chance to take back its land and be more powerful.

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