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Sudan’s ex-spy chief freed after coup charges dropped


July 10, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s former director of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Salah Gosh who was charged with plotting a coup, was abruptly released today along with his aide Major General Salah Ahmed Abdalla.

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Salah Gosh, former chief of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), smiles at his home after his release, in Khartoum July 10, 2013 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Authorities in Khartoum announced last November that they had thwarted a "sabotage" attempt that was later labeled as a coup and arrested dozens of suspects in the army and security apparatus including Gosh.

Gosh was greeted with jubilation when he arrived at his lavish home in Khartoum and a sheep was slaughtered to celebrate.

“My principles have not changed, I am still the son of the Islamic Movement, the National congress Party (NCP), and the Ingaz [salvation] regime”, he told reporters.

The minister of justice, Mohamed Bushara Dousa, has decided to drop the charges against Gosh and ordered that he be freed along with Maj. Gen. Abdalla.

Dousa justified his move by saying that the defendants have served the nation for a long time adding that he took into account the national interest of the country and unity of its people in the face of the significant challenges, pointing out that he made his decision after consulting with Sudan’s top leadership in reference to Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

But Gosh’s lawyer Nabeel Adeeb told Agence France Presse (AFP) that his client was granted an amnesty by Bashir.

Gosh on the other hand told Reuters that prosecutors decided not to pursue the case against him due to a lack of evidence but disclosed that some members of his family appealed to the president to pardon him.

After more than six months in detention, the ex-spy chief and his associate were formally charged last month with undermining the constitutional order, inciting violence to topple the legitimate government and breaching the anti-terrorism law.

Under Sudan’s penal code these charges carry the death penalty or life imprisonment.

President Bashir twice issued decrees over the last three months pardoning and commuting sentences for army and security officers convicted in connection with the coup attempt.

However, the Sudanese president excluded his former adviser and ex-director of NISS.

Sudan’s attorney general Omar Ahmed Mohammed said in a press conference that the release came after Gosh’s defense team asked the justice minister to use his powers under article (58) of the penal code to drop the criminal charges, or to use the powers of the president of the republic under article (211) to pardon him.

But he strongly denied that Gosh’s release was due to lack of evidence, stressing that his defense team appealed on the basis that their client has served the country for a long time.

Gosh was the head of NISS for about a decade until Bashir replaced him in 2009.

During his tenure Gosh boosted cooperation with America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), particularly after the 9 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

After leaving the security service he became presidential security adviser but was sacked in early 2011.


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  • 11 July 2013 07:56, by Good South Sudanese

    He thought he was going to die ah ha ha ha

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    • 11 July 2013 12:39, by R@in Deng

      Absolutety, He will going die."Remember ICC". U come, if Ur R a man.

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    • 11 July 2013 13:36, by Major Gen.

      KHARTOUM is too full of all criminals one day they will be arrest...........if not they will be fired by the gud lord

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  • 11 July 2013 08:02, by ForAll

    Gosh is the northern Sudanese who was/is member of NCP, NISS and GOS.
    He is an engineer who didn’t get the chance to practice it.
    My congratulations for him as he is released and I hope that other Sudanese from other regions will be treated the same

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    • 11 July 2013 08:21, by chol

      That’s number two terrorist after Homo Albashit.The most wanted criminal.forall you terrorist as well.
      Chol Y

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      • 11 July 2013 08:34, by ForAll

        I am ready to pay you all the expenses to visit Darfur and/or TCHAD so you will put all Darfurians and CHADIANs in your hell

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        • 11 July 2013 09:00, by chol

          Forall I don’t need anything from you and i don’t want to go to Darfur or Chad ,So save your little money
          Chol Y

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          • 11 July 2013 12:52, by ForAll

            Yes all Darfurians have little money as you believe and desire. But we are generous and most brave nation in this world.
            You need to know that Darfurians had defeated your white masters when most Sudan was colonized by 1894 but your "Divide & Rule " virus attacked Darfurians and we were colonized by 1917.

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          • 11 July 2013 13:01, by ForAll

            If you are from South Sudan let’s meet at SAFAHA the border close to Bahrl Ghazal in Rezeigat area.
            As in 1961 I used to meet many southerners there with our cattle.

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            • 11 July 2013 21:23, by Oppressor

              For All ya wasting ur time with idiot chol every one knows him useless beggar food lover ...

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        • 11 July 2013 12:43, by R@in Deng

          I know He will never and ever visit Darfur because he is a death guy.

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