Islamist military men on trial for Sudan plot
(Channel New Asia) A military trial has begun in Sudan for hardcore Islamist officers who allegedly plotted to destabilize the regime late last year, a lawyer said on Sunday. The government announced in November the arrest of 13 people, including high-profile members of the security forces and a former intelligence chief, for targeting “the stability of the state and some leaders of the state”. “The military court began on Thursday, and today (Sunday) was the second hearing. They are charged under Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) law and the court was headed by SAF generals,” said Hashes Al-Jali. Most of the detained military men are close to a vocal group of ex-civil war volunteer mujahedeen fighters and an elite group within them called Al-Saeohoon or “tourists for the sake of God”. Authorities also detained Salah Gosh, who served as national intelligence chief until 2009. As he is not a military officer his case will be heard later. Following the plot revelations the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, a think tank, said that a coup to overthrow Bashir’s crisis-ridden regime could further destabilize the country.
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Sudan will seek alliance with anti-Museveni forces in Uganda
(Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese government is working with forces in Uganda that are opposed to president Yoweri Museveni to bring about “positive political influence”, the speaker of the country’s national assembly Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir said today. Al-Tahir did not provide any details on Khartoum’s efforts in this regard but his remarks signal a new stage in the already-sour relations between Sudan and Uganda. The Sudanese government was infuriated this year after rebel forces and opposition groups signed an accord in Kampala last January calling for toppling the regime of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir. This has prompted Khartoum to lodge several complaints with the African Union (AU) and other regional blocs against Kampala saying the latter is supporting regime change in Sudan. In a separate issue al-Tahir said that he is consulting with Bashir, defense minister, and intelligence director regarding a possible general but conditional amnesty to rebel groups.
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National Group for Human Rights returns home after participating in 22nd session
(SUNA) The delegation of the National Group for Human Rights has returned home after its participation in the meetings of 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva during March 5-20. Chairman of the Group and the head of the delegation, Ibrahim Abdul-Halim, stated that their participation in this session included holding a symposium on the Israeli aggression against Sudan, with participation of the group and the Head of the African Solidarity Mechanism, Dr. Joseph Chelingi, as well as providing a written and verbal data at UN corridors on Children status.
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More than One Month of Preparations Needed to Export S. Sudan Oil, Official
(Sudan Vision) The Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum announced that it needs more than a month to receive process and export South Sudan oil via North’s exports terminals in the Red Sea. The Sudanese and foreign experts have estimated that the oil wells of South Sudan need a period ranging from one to two months to resume production; said Dr. Awad Al-Fattah, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Petroleum, in statement to Sudan TV on Saturday.
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Sudan and South Sudan complete troop withdrawal
(Sudan Tribune) The Sudan and South Sudan armies have completed the withdrawal of their troops from disputed border areas, announced a high ranking Sudanese officer on Saturday evening. Speaking to Sudan TV from Addis Ababa, Lt. General Emad Adawi confirmed the withdrawal of both Sudanese and South Sudanese troops from areas claimed by the two countries, in line with the 8 March agreement. A joint monitoring force called (JBVMM) composed of 90 monitors from each side and a protection battalion composed of 860 Ethiopian troops from the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) will patrol the common border to verify the movement of troops from both sides.
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