Sudanese crackdown betrays Islam: Ruling party reformers

AFP , Saturday 28 Sep 2013

Reformers in Sudan's ruling party told President Omar Al-Bashir the deadly crackdown on protests over fuel price hikes is a betrayal of his regime's Islamic foundations

Reformers in Sudan's ruling party on Saturday told President Omar Al-Bashir that a deadly crackdown on protests over fuel price hikes was a betrayal of his regime's Islamic foundations.

"The (economic) package that was implemented by the government, and the crackdown against those opposed to it, is far from mercy and justice and the right of peaceful expression," the 31 prominent reformers said in a letter to Bashir which they made public.

The lead signatory was Ghazi Salaheddine, a former presidential adviser, but others included former armed forces Brigadier Mohammed Ibrahim. He was sentenced to five years in prison in April for allegedly leading a coup plot against the regime last year. Bashir later granted amnesty to him and others involved.

Other retired military and police officers, members of parliament, and a former cabinet minister who was a key figure in the 1989 coup which brought Bashir to power also signed the document.

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