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Sudan accuses four foreigners arrested in Heglig of working for Juba


April 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese army said on Saturday it has arrested four foreigners in Heglig for illegally entering Sudan, and accused them of spying for the South Sudanese army, but Juba denied the claims and the UN mission in Juba said Khartoum arrested its personnel.

One of the four foreigners captured in Heglig on April 28, 2012, is escorted off an airplane by Sudanese soldiers in Khartoum while SAF spokesperson Sawarmi Khaled, on the right, looks to them (Getty)

Four men, a Briton, a Norwegian, a South African and a South Sudanese arrived on a plane at Khartoum airport where reporters were invited to witness them get off the plane.

The spokesperson for the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Al-Sawarmi Khaled, following their arrival told reporters that the four men were flown to Khartoum for more questioning over the reasons of their illegal entry to Sudanese territory.

They were arrested inside the Sudanese territory in Heglig, doing "suspicious work", he said, adding that the four men were collecting debris of military equipments destroyed during the recent clashes in the area between the Sudanese and South Sudanese armies.

The Sudanese military spokesperson went further to say that the arrested foreigners were riding a military vehicle and had some military equipment. However, this would be compatible with the reports they were part of a mine clearance team. He pointed out that Sudan has always accused South Sudan of getting help from outside to capture Heglig and sabotage of its oil installations.

Juba army took the control of Heglig from April 10-20 and there was heavy fighting between SAF and the South Sudanese army (SPLA )clashed before the withdrawal of SPLA troops. Khartoum said the sabotage of the oil fields was conducted by foreign experts.

Sudan’s defence minister Abdel-Rahim Hussein on Friday said that Juba was not able to carry out the the recent attack on Heglig adding that foreign powers were planning to topple the regime. He said that Darfur rebels took part in the Heglig attack, although this has been denied.

The spokeswoman for the British Embassy in Khartoum said the embassy is looking into the issue, but they don’t have details from the Sudanese authorities.

The South Sudanese army however denied having any link with the arrested people. Philip Aguer, SPLA spokesperson said they learnt that a UN truck had got lost after leaving Paryang, north of Bentiu, the capital of Unity State.

While South Sudanese government spokesperson Bernaba Benjamin, told Reuters that the arrested people belong to United Nations and aid groups working in mines clearance.

MECHEM, a South African demining company, said in a press release issued yesterday that two of its workers, a South African and a South Sudanese were arrested by the Sudanese authorities.

The company which runs several road demining projects in Sudan as well as in South Sudan further said they are implementing a UN contract and “our employees have full UN immunity."

From Juba, the UN Mission in South Sudan confirmed the arrest of one of its officials without elaborating.



Al Jazeera English | Sudan arrests four foreigners in Heglig | 28 April 2012

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  • 29 April 2012 09:16, by E. Defense Forces

    Wrong move Khartoum, Your next after Syria.
    Sudan arrests four foreigners in Heglig Video link http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/568/Sudan_arrests_four_foreigners_in_Heglig/

    • 29 April 2012 11:54, by Makuei
      • 29 April 2012 21:54, by Born-to-Rule


        Even though I couldn’t understand haft what she’s saying in Arabic her body language said it all. She gave Bashir middle figure ... the bird. Do you think those inbreed in Khartoum will see it.

        The world knows Bashir is in business of killing people. He had killed 2.5 million southerns, and he also killed 1 million Darfur citizens. Bashir is world’s most wanted criminal dead or alive.

    • 29 April 2012 18:44, by Panthouandbeyond

      To. Khartoum

      You need to correct your statement about these 4 people. They have nothing to do with capture of Panthou and so forth; they work for humanitarian organizations to help needy people in the area. Do not spoil the environment with your nonsense words.

      Panthou and Beyond

  • 29 April 2012 09:31, by hellonearth

    i agree with you E,
    WRONG MOVE Fake Arabs

    • 29 April 2012 10:12, by Diu J.Kuek

      Yes let them contradict their friendship with Ban Ki Moon UN Chief as his ignorance doesn,t know that dealing with these TERRORISTS of Khartoum is too complicated now they arrested UN staff while Ban Ki Moon try his all best to help them and work with them within this they still harass your mission just because to make propaganda.

  • 29 April 2012 09:33, by hellonearth

    it must really hurt the Fake Arabs when their POWs were paraded infront of the media. now are you parading these people are `POWs. fake Arabs?

    • 29 April 2012 11:43, by Northern Sudanese


      it must really hurt when you see hundreds of your brothers dead in heglig......here are your captured and dead brothers :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO6peIuZX7E&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LL2iKEtJHxmKnnz5uF10axyA

      • 29 April 2012 11:58, by hellonearth

        what now? you want to say sometime? dude i rather not tell you but you are blind and you dont see the truth. where are the weapons that your weak SAF says that they captured? where are the hundreds of POWs that SAF says that they have in custody? shame on you for saying that you killed 1200 and you only 9. took NCP only 9 months to brand GOSS enemy. and we have been together for 50 years. shame ma

        • 29 April 2012 12:07, by Northern Sudanese


          of course you don’t believe it.........your salva’s son so what would we expect? the evidence, the day that you said you will withdraw was the same day when sudan army was in full control of heglig........man,your own soldiers admitted they had been defeated.........what else do you want? what did we benefit from those 50 years? shame on me? shame on you!

        • 29 April 2012 12:09, by Northern Sudanese


          we showed your dead brothers in heglig on tv..........they were many........how come you call that a withdrawal??????the fact is, you were defeated..........

          Long Live Sudan

      • 29 April 2012 12:25, by hellonearth

        you should watch this and see what i really mean. your Govt. didn’t tell you this.

        • 29 April 2012 12:33, by hellonearth

          show us the evident? that shows that your terrorist Jihadist retook Heglig by force ? you are struggling to conceal this shameful defeat, in fact you are just a bunch of women .

          • 29 April 2012 15:27, by Northern Sudanese

            here are your own brothers admitting they had been defeated.........interviewed by US journalist........they were outmanned and outgunned while facing a heavy aerial bombardment


            what else do you want?

          • 29 April 2012 15:34, by Northern Sudanese


            pay attention to the quotes which cane out of your insect brother and you will realise the big and real defeat.........your asses got kicked out mr.insect

            good work SAF! i wish we could have killed more insects.......1,200 is nothing compared to the insects located south of our border.......

            Rockets are not good enough, we should use anti insect spray instead :D

            • 29 April 2012 17:08, by hellonearth

              Fake Arabs,
              don’t believe what is being said brew, you might be shocked with the reality.

              • 29 April 2012 20:10, by Northern Sudanese


                i showed you the evidence........coming from your insect brothers mouth......interviewed by your bosses the americans and you still keep denying?

      • 29 April 2012 21:32, by zulu

        NCP bus boy Northsudan,
        You need to read Africa confidential article, "Juba: all or nothing," otherwise, those dead over 3000 are your troops and hardly many SPLA. Quote: NCP protestations seemed aimed at disguising the extent of the SAF defeat. The SPLA Spokesperson, Colonel Philip Aguer Panyang, said the SPLA had killed some 500 SAF men, in the town Southerners call Pan Thou. Other sources say

        • 29 April 2012 22:24, by Northern Sudanese


          show us the source of your propaganda :D........come on, i am interested to know where you got this crap from :)

          3,000 SAF men killed lol i am sooooooo interested ......... show me the source of this crap :)

        • 30 April 2012 09:30, by sultan hamza

          zulu..are u really updated on what iz going on at heglig!! there has been more SPLA deaths than SAF in a ratio of 3 to 1..u need to blame yourselves for the deaths.you are not different from judas who betrayed jesus!!after giving u that little soverreignity so u go at loggerheads with us because of higlig which iz even not your territory??!!think be4 you act otherwise we shall attack u..up to juba

  • 29 April 2012 09:49, by viper

    It is good that they have arrested unmiss personnels. This is a good message to deaf Ban ki moon that the NCP is really serious. They are the ones who have violated and crossed deep into S. Sudan and kidnapped those poor unmiss personels when leaving panriang to Bentiu inside south sudan. UNMISS is not mandated to pass through sudan and they cannot do so since they are disciplined armies. This is

    • 29 April 2012 09:52, by Kurnyel

      According to marshall law these people should be hang to death because the have commited the higher crime that they deserve to death by spying against our government.

      • 29 April 2012 11:58, by Diu J.Kuek

        TERRORISTS Court Martial in Khartoum can sentence British,Norwayian and South Africa citizens with the capital punishment are you joking or what?
        The TERRORISTS leaders will get themselves at the different World.

        • 29 April 2012 12:32, by Diu J.Kuek


          I give you three days only to hear about your TERRORISTS Court Martial not Court Marshall let your prosecutor prepare his case and submit it to your TERRORIST Judge for their punishment.
          Otherwise these people will flight to their respective Countries by tomorrow according to my analyst.

      • 29 April 2012 12:46, by hellonearth

        you coward kuryel, why don’t you come to where the real men are, and get a good dose fucking that will make you wish you where a woman? rather then making noise and intimidating foreigners

    • 29 April 2012 09:56, by viper

      Cont......... a clear violiation of south sudan’s territorial integrity by the SAF. Ki moon does not understand and i do wonder of how he reached that post? This post was the most active one during the era of Koffi Annan. Ki moon is a deaf, blind SG that the UN has ever seen. He will leave the office without achievements in his era

  • 29 April 2012 09:51, by Alier De Jok

    The Khartoum government should release the UN workers to UN embassy in khartoum and leave publication false things against their counterpart Juba gov’t. there is no where Juba gov’t is gonna spy on Sudan regardless of what may happen in future. Instead they gov’t in Khartoum should have apologize to the UN for abducting their workers in side south Sudan.

    • 29 April 2012 12:07, by sober

      If Khartoum government hanged them up, that will be the last spies. If not that will be swarms of them in every inch of Republic of Sudan. I personally think Khartoum government is cowered , weak and set him at large. Spies rife in Khartoum today.

  • 29 April 2012 12:03, by Jielster

    Bashit will rot in hell, useless impotent and infertile bastard. The mighty spla will one day bring yr ass done, criminal and stupid mother fucking son of bitch.

  • 29 April 2012 14:40, by Beneben Bai

    North Sudanese and Kurnyel, where were you since 4:00 pm date 10 of April up to date 9 of the same month??. do you mean that your SAF spokesman was telling lies when he announced that it is a matter of some hours after SAF marched to Panthou to pushed out SPLA?. the matter was s tough for SAF and its militia in kharasana north of Panthou. what happened to Sawarmi statement of some hours??

  • 29 April 2012 14:51, by Beneben Bai

    north sudanese, even if we lost some of our soldiers, this is always the nature of war. the point here is that we did not show the dead bodies of your soldiers when we repulsed them and control Panthou. we respect dead bodies as well as POWs. the whole world knows this. our fallen heros paid their lives depending their nation. we know how many were killed from your side but we don’t exposed them.

    • 30 April 2012 09:42, by sultan hamza

      beneben,that iz cowardice at its peak!initially the SPLA and the government of juba claimed that the withdrawal of its troops from higlig was a peaceful one as a result OF the ppressures from the international community!!even a toddler knows that the withdrawal was as a result of heavy losses incured to you by our galant SAF..

      • 30 April 2012 09:48, by sultan hamza

        y dont u opt develop your young nation instead of wanting to get the oil in a silver plate(higlig) which iz just adream than a reality

  • 29 April 2012 15:12, by Beneben Bai

    kurnyel, which marshal law do you mean? do you mean marshal law of your fill marshal Omer Albashir? ha ha ha you are joking walai. go ahead implement it and we will be a witness in that court. before that, you need to consult advisors from Baghdad and Libya because you will not listen to our advice. lets see how you ’re going to end it

  • 29 April 2012 17:38, by Hamra

    Isn’t Al-Sawarmi the same spokesman who insists that the SAF hasn’t and doesn’t bomb South Sudan?!

    I wonder what leverage the government in Khartoum will try to get over what at first impressions seems a very misguided aid effort expedition into a war zone. For example, it may try to persuade Norway to become passive on the conflict and use it to insist that the UK doesn’t stop being passive.

    • 29 April 2012 20:16, by Jielster

      U criminals of north, touch those spys of ours and u will witness hell on earth, or u 1st consult saddam(muslim iddi gift from usa) or Gaddafi.

  • 29 April 2012 20:11, by E. Defense Forces

    Sudan declares emergency on border with south


    Muslims are going nuts.
    Deaths in Nigerian campus attack

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