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Sudan arrests suspects involved in 1990 mass grave

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Sudan's Attorney General poses with the investigation team at mass grave in Wadi Sayedna area on 25 July 2020 (ST photo)
July 25, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Attorney General Taj Elsir Alhibe, Saturday said that authorities have arrested several people involved in the execution of 28 officers in 1990.

On Thursday 23 July, the office of the Attorney General announced they found a mass grave that most likely contains remains of 28 army officers killed on 23 April 1990 for plotting an attempted coup against the former President Omer al-Bashir.

On Saturday, the prosecution continued the criminal investigation of the mass grave as it mobilized a 23-member team including forensic physicians, archaeologists and anthropologists.

On Saturday, the Attorney General paid a visit to the site of the mass grave to inspect the progress made by the investigation team.

The investigations into the case include "statements by 94 witnesses, the opening of a criminal case and the arrest of some defendants," said the prosecutor office on Saturday after the visit.

The statement added that the 23-expert team is now working to identify potential causes of death and collect samples for DNA testing.

"The preliminary indicators show the existence of a mass grave in which human dignity was not observed, nor the necessary measures to bury the bodies of the martyrs," stressed the statement.

The prosecution said the ongoing investigation may take at least 4 weeks.

Attorney General announced last June the discovery of a mass grave suspected to contain the remains of students killed in 1998 because they tried escaping a military training camp.

Sudan now is investigating several grave human rights violations and atrocities committed by former officials during the 30-year rule of al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir who has already been convicted for corruption and several senior officials will be tried next August for their role in the 1989 coup that brought Sudanese Islamists to power.

He, some other officials and militia leaders are also wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur region.

(ST)

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  • 26 July 19:36, by Mr-Intellectual-007

    South Sudan is next. The leaders are enjoying the loot and murders. Rest assured they will be packed and herded like sheep to the courts.

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    • 27 July 01:03, by Kenyang ll

      Mr-Intellectual-007,
      This is correct. None of betrayers and blood thirst at J1 under stupid Kiir will escape avengeance. It’s one thing for our former Cdrs to take road of greed and selfishness but backstabbing SPLA liberators and handing South Sudan (SPLM)over to National Islamic Front(NIF)trained parasites is another.

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      • 27 July 01:25, by Kenyang ll

        None of us in SPLA will have thought one day respected and humble Cdr Salva Kiir will be like hyena, hiding and defocating on millions of dollars while fortifying natinal key posts with relatives.

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