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Sudan’s justice minister orders to probe death of Nyala protesters

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August 2, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Justice minister formed a fact finding committee to investigate the killing of students who peacefully protested two days ago against the government in Nyala, capital of South Darfur.

High school students protests on 31 July in Nyala (ST) The Sudanese authorities said eight high school students were killed by the police during a protest on 31 July, as the activists speak about 13 victims. It was the first time in Darfur that students take the street since the start of demonstrations in the country.

University students and youth organised protests in different regions in Sudan after the implementation, last June, of an austerity plan scrapping subsidies of fuel and commodities, but the police avoided killing protesters.

The Minister of Justice Mohamed Bushara Dosa, on Thursday, appointed a five member committee to investigate the events of 31 July in Nyala. The panel is chaired by Sudan’s Attorney General Omer Ahmed Mohamed and includes four counsellors.

The ministerial decree ordered the committee to submit its findings within two weeks to the minister. Besides the investigation, the committee is tasked also with prosecuting the complaints and bringing the criminal action before the competent courts.

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday called on the Sudanese security forces to stop shooting protesters with live ammunition.

The London based group said Nyala Public Hospital confirmed the wounds of the bodies admitted to the morgue "were consistent with those caused by 5.56mm and 7.62mm automatic rifles".

"Any individual members of the security forces involved in the events that caused this bloodbath must be suspended immediately, "said Paule Rigaud, AI’s Africa program director.

On Wednesday, Sudanese vice-president Al-Haj Adam Youssef accused the supporters of rebel groups of "inciting their children to rally in Nyala and carry out acts of sabotage".

Interior minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid yesterday formed three committees to investigate the killing of Nyal high school students. The first has to identify the reasons that led the police to firing live bullets.

The two other panels have to probe the reasons of the demonstrations and to assess the damages inflected to private and public properties.

(ST)

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  • 3 August 2012 11:10, by hellonearth

    INVESTIGATE WHAT, THIS IS WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING AND YOU LOOK AT THE DURFURIANS AS ANIMALS. THATS WHY JENJA-WEED HAVE NEVER BEEN BROUGHT TO BOOKS. PLUS YOU SEE THEM AS REBELS. NOTHING IS GOING TO COME OF THIS.

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  • 3 August 2012 12:06, by Observer

    Can you beleive the words from Al-Haj Adam Youssef! As usual blame it on everyone else other than the guilty parties.
    Of course we know what will happen. This committee will find that some "junior" police/security personnel were to blame rather than the person/people who are really to blame-the person who gave the orders- the Governor and his thugs

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    • 3 August 2012 15:17, by zulu

      Observor,
      this is a traversty. The perpetrator becomes the judge of his/her actions? There is no way Sudan can be brought to justice other than international preasure asserted on the regime to hold the sudanese leaders to the norms and principles of justice.
      Wau, 1983, Nimery ordered the shooting of high school students who protested against the sharia. It did not take long before he was gone.

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  • 3 August 2012 16:06, by Modi Lo Laja

    To: Bashier & his Supporters,

    Your evil act still increasing. What you should do is resigned right like what Mubarak did in Egypt.

    Otherwise, Ghadaffi method will soon be applied by NATO and most of you will get nowhere.

    Resign,Resign,Resign,Resign,..... now.

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  • 3 August 2012 17:41, by solider

    modi lo laja, do you know that bashir is the one who gave you freedom. no other president would give you seperation.he gave you ready made oil infrastructures plus its pipeline. we are not stupid, we know you want agar to rule sudan so he can give you s.k & b.n. but you are so stupid.do u think that if agar ruled sudan he will give you what u want? he will be stronger and bigger than u

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  • 3 August 2012 17:49, by solider

    so why should he (agar) obay your orders and give u what u want. you should give him what he wants since his country (sudan) is bigger than yours ,he have seaports and pipelines.that means you have to knee for agar and ask him for favoures . it is not about loyality .its all about money.did mr salva kiir stayed loyal to his people? he looted all oil money with no mercy for the poor ss citizen.

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    • 4 August 2012 00:32, by Observer

      Solidier,

      Bashir did not give S Sudan their freedom etc as you claim. He had to. It was not a choice he had as you make out You and his blind loyal followers make it sound like Bashir was being the nice Uncle indulging his neices and nephews.
      The fact is that it was not his choice whether S Sudan got independence.
      What was he going to do - break yet another agreement??

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      • 4 August 2012 00:35, by Observer

        And by the way our country is also not in a position to point fingers about Kiir and politicians stealing money as we all know here in Khartoum about the huge amounts that have been stolen by our leader and his politicians.

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    • 4 August 2012 04:29, by mohamed mahgoub

      Solider what is wrong with Star being apresident at least he not a criminal he is a freedom fighter u see your Albashir his only concern is he is beging SS for the transit money so he can buy weapons to kill his own peoplewether in SK,BN,or in streets of khartoum or Nayla in name of this Islam

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