Sudan ex-intelligence boss faces charges

(News 24) Sudan’s former intelligence chief has been charged with plotting against the state and could face the death penalty, his lawyer said on Monday as he tries to get the charges withdrawn.  Salah Gosh has been detained since November in connection with the alleged coup plot against the 24-year regime of President Omar al-Bashir.  Gosh was charged several days ago under the criminal code and anti-terrorism law for his alleged role in the conspiracy, the lawyer, Ali Al-Saeed, told AFP.  Gosh headed Sudan’s national intelligence service for about a decade until Bashir replaced him in 2009.  During his tenure Gosh boosted cooperation with the American Central Intelligence Agency.  After leaving the security service he became presidential security adviser but was sacked in early 2011.  He had been pushing for dialogue with the political opposition.  Analysts say the case reflects a political struggle within Bashir’s government.

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Tribal tensions close vital road in North Darfur

(Radio Dabanga) Tensions between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes have closed the vital road link between Saraf Omra and Al Sareif Beni Hussein localities in North Darfur.  As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, renewed clashes between the tribes resulted in a suspension of the secure goods and petrol convoys between Saraf Omra and Al Sareif Beni Hussein over the weekend, which has caused shortages. The closure of the road has also isolated the areas from the rest of Darfur.  According to witnesses from Saraf Omra city, authorities decided to close the market entirely on Monday, as the tensions prompted militiamen to enter the city and attempt to loot the market, as well as rob passers-by of mobile phones and money.  The two tribes fought violently earlier this year over control of the Jebel ‘Amer gold mine in Al Sareif Beni Hussein locality, leaving about 500 people dead. The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people were displaced.

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Juba: South Sudan Rebel Groups “Trained and Armed” By Sudan

(Sudan Tribune) South Sudan on Sunday again claimed it is has evidence proving that neighboring Sudan was providing support to rebel groups fighting the Juba government.  Khartoum, according to South Sudan’s defense minister John Kong Nyuon, is using mercenaries to destabilize the new country, which separated from Sudan in July 2011.  The official made these remarks at a meeting with Norwegian defense minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, during which he accused Sudan of failing to implement the bilateral Cooperation Agreement signed in September last year.  Nyuon said that Khartoum is looking for a way to blackmailing the international community from pressing for the implementation of the agreement.

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Undersecretary of Foreign Ministry and EU Representative Discuss Relations between Sudan and South Sudan

(SUNA) The Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Rahamtalla Mohamed Osman, received at his office Monday the EU Representative to Sudan and South Sudan State, Rosalind Marsden, and discussed developments in the relations between Sudan and South Sudan State and the decision of the government to stop passing of South Sudan oil through Sudan due to South Sudan government support of the rebel movements.  The two sides discussed the situation in South Kordofan and the Blue NileStates.

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Wali of SouthDarfurState relieves (8) ministers

(SUNA) The Wali (governor) of SouthDarfurState, Gen. Adam Mahmud Jaral-Nabi, Monday issued a decree relieving eight ministers of the government of the state. The decree relieved Ministers of Physical Planning and Infrastructures, the Minister of Finance, Economy and Public Service, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, , the Minister of Education, the Minister of Social Affairs, Culture and Information, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Animal Resources, the Minister of Youth, Sports, Tourism and Environment.  The Directors General of the ministries was assigned to steer up the works at their respective ministries till appointment of new ministers.

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