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Darfur’s JEM urges Libyan rebels and NATO to secure the departure of its leader


August 23, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) urged the Libyan rebels and the NATO countries to secure a safe departure of its leader from Libya where he is since over a year.

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Khalil Ibrahim (AP)

Khalil Ibrahim has been in Libya since 19 May 2010 when the Chadian authorities refused entry of the rebel leader to Ndjamena on his way back to Darfur, ordering him to return to Tripoli from where he attempted to come to Chad.

Chad at the time had just brokered a framework agreement between JEM and the Sudanese government to reach a negotiated solution for the Darfur conflict. Ndjamena was frustrated by JEM’s decision to suspend the talks and wanted to press the rebel group to resume the peace process.

"We reiterate calling on the new Libyan leaders, the NATO, the UN and other international organisations to work for safe release of President of JEM who has been under involuntary presence in Tripoli since May 2010," said the rebel group in a statement put out after the control of the Libyan capital by the rebel groups on 22 August.

JEM further said that Khalil’s "detention" in Libya was part of a "regional conspiracy" to isolate its leadership from its base, stressing that it "should not be allowed to continue".

The Sudanese government tried several times to negotiate the presence of the rebel leader in Tripoli with Libyan officials but the latter refused to move him to another country as Khartoum requested. At the same time he was confined at a military garrison and had restricted contacts.

However, following the start of the Libyan uprising against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Sudan accused Libya of recruiting JEM combatants to fight the armed opposition. A matter, that Darfur rebels dismissed and accused Khartoum of stirring up racism against its own citizens present in Libya.

Sudan Armed Forces also deployed troops along the border with Libya to avoid weapons trafficking to the restive region of Darfur which borders Libya.


After the collapse of Gaddafi’s regime, Sudanese authorities announced the undertaking of security and military measures to reinforce stability throughout the border between North Darfur and Libya’s Kufra region.

The commissioner of Mallit district, North Darfur, Mohamed Osman Ibrahim, on Tuesday stated that they expect JEM rebels to try to secure the return of their leader Khalil Ibrahim to Darfur.

Ibrahim told the pro-Sudanese intelligence service (SMC) that the security forces in the area are able to secure the border with Libya and stop rebels’ attempts to cross to Darfur.

He also underlined that the revolutionaries control the Libyan side of the border and this would help to maintain the stability of the joint border between the two countries.

Khartoum, which has provided discreet support to the Libyan rebels during the past months, yesterday welcomed the military victories achieved by the anti-Gaddafi forces. The Sudanese government also offered help and assistance to the opposition council.


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  • 24 August 2011 09:01, by mohammed ali

    Khalil " detention" was a regional " conspiracy". These people forget their own words very quickly! Just few monts back they were telling us that he was in Jufra in south Lybia and they were in contact with him.

    Let the revolution settel down and every free, decent and innocent person will come out from Lybia safely. Those who sold themselves to Gadafi and have Lybian blood in their hands will be accountable for their crimes.

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    • 24 August 2011 20:11, by MINDED.DUDE

      How about your brother Al Bashir ,how many crimes did he committed and Not accountable.
      Brother ,is not good to be bias or playing politic for people’s lives.God is watching you......
      Bible says..God is every where,in heaven and on earth.
      You keep on defending Al Bashir always,and I do not know how much money he pays you per one person’s life in Darfur and south kordofan people.
      Brother ,be rational and fair.

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    • 25 August 2011 04:56, by Force 1

      Mohammad Ali, first of all, you need to free yourselves in general from enslavement of Al-bashir. Look at Egypt, Tunisia and many coming down the way. Khalil doesn’t want to be enslave by bashir like you’re.

      Before you run your mouth on other, free yourself first after that you’ll have self-esteem to comment on others.
      That’s all I can say to you.

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    • 25 August 2011 05:25, by DeltaBravo

      To Mohammed

      Those who live in glass house should not throw stone. first of all you need to remove the log in your own eyes before you remove it from your brother eyes. You are pointing your fingers across the river meanwhile you got some dangerous Criminal infront of you and you know very well who iam refering this to, your Master BASHIRE will smell it soon. mark my word.

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  • 26 August 2011 13:35, by eye-of-an-eye

    Dr. Khalil is in the same thought of securing people from Darfure/Sudan at large from inslavary as the same the Libyan rebels are doing at the very time, I believe they should not mess by pointing a finger to him, they should protect him as their own brother, he is innocent from their case.

    He is the only future to Sudanese.

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