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Sudan to probe killing of protesters

Sudanese Prime Minister orders formation of a committee to probe killing of protesters while their sit-in was being broken

Mohammed Amin   | 21.09.2019
Sudan to probe killing of protesters

KHARTOUM, Sudan

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Saturday has ordered the formation of an independent National Investigation Committee to probe the killing of the protesters in the massacre which took place in front of the army headquarters on June 3, 2019. 

The committee will have seven members to probe the killings, a statement issued by the Sudanese Council of Ministers said.

The investigation committee will include seven members representing the judiciary system, the ministries of justice, defense, interior and other independent lawyers, it added.

Human rights organizations and opposition groups said more than 100 protesters have been killed when the security officers attacked the sit-in of the pro-democracy protesters in front of the army headquarters.

Sudan has remained in turmoil since April 11, when the military establishment announced the “removal” of President Omar al-Bashir after months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.

On Aug. 21, Abdalla Hamdok became the first civilian prime minister of Sudan since 1989, when ousted President Omer al-Bashir toppled Mahdi. 

The country is being ruled under a power-sharing deal between Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition.

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