Last Update 21:59
Monday, 21 October 2019

US envoy to Africa demands 'independent, credible' probe into Sudan security forces' evacuation of sit-in camp

AFP , Ahram Online , Friday 14 Jun 2019
Nagy
Tibor Nagy, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, speaks during a news conference on the case of Sudan, in the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 14, 2019. AFP
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1449
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1449

A US envoy for Africa on Friday called for an "independent and credible" investigation into 3 June's evacuation by security forces of a sit-in outside the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Khartoum that resulted in tens killed and injured.

"The USA believe very strongly there has to be an investigation which is independent and credible which will hold accountable those committing the egregious events," Tibor Nagy, the assistant secretary of state for Africa, said from Addis Ababa after a two-day visit to Khartoum.

Nagy said "Until June 3rd, everybody was so optimistic. Events were moving forward in such a favourable direction after 35 years of tragedy for Sudan."

Sudanese opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi earlier Friday called for an "objective" international investigation.

Mahdi's elected government was toppled in 1989, in an Islamist-backed coup led by Omar al-Bashir.

After three decades in power, Bashir was himself ousted by the army in April of this year following mass protests against his 30-year-old rule.

Following Bashir's ouster, protesters carried on with a sit-in outside Khartoum defence ministry headquarters to demand a transition to civilian rule.

On Thursday, a spokesman for the Transitional Military Council (TMC) which replaced Bashir expressed regret over the events of 3 June, saying the plan had been to clear an area close to the sit-in but "excesses happened."

The TMC rejected an international investigation, saying it was carrying out its own probe, whose findings would be released on Saturday.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.