Home | News    Saturday 2 May 2015

Sudan files charges against UNAMID in South Darfur incident

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

May 1, 2015 (KASS) - The prosecutor office in the locality of Kass in South Darfur has filed charges against the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) demanding lift of immunity from the mission’s troops involved in the recent killing incident in prelude to put them to trial.

JPEG - 39.1 kb
A UNAMID police adviser interacts with community leaders during a routine patrol in the ZamZam camp for the internally displaced near El Fasher, North Darfur. (Photo UNAMID/Ali Aloita).

Four persons, according to the mission, or six people as claimed by Sudanese authorities were killed and five others were injured from the Zaghawa tribe by UNAMID peacekeepers during clashes in Kass last April.

The joint mission says the gunmen attacked the patrol of Nigerian soldiers at the sunset on 23 April and "made off with one of the Mission’s vehicles after shooting the driver". But the tribesmen insist they were going after stolen cattle when they encountered the peacekeepers.

The peacekeeping mission further says a second patrol travelling from Nyala was attacked by the gunmen near the UNAMID’s base in Kass on the morning of 24 April.

Kass higher prosecutor, Babiker Gido Adam, said that charges, which were filed under article (47) of the criminal code, will be submitted to Sudan’s general prosecutor to take the legal measures to lift immunity from UNAMID’s troops who had engaged in armed clashes with the tribesmen.

He disclosed that a committee formed by the federal ministry of justice will arrive during the next couple of days in South Darfur to investigate the incident.

Adam pointed out that UNAMID troops violated the international law when they assaulted the defenceless citizens and killed seven of them inside the mission’s camp, saying they broke into the cemetery without regard for the sanctity of the dead.

The higher prosecutor added that the fact-finding commission set up by South Darfur governor, Adam Mahmoud, has gone a long way in fulfilling its tasks, saying it interrogated seven witnesses and recorded all traces from the incident scene and the graveyard.

On Wednesday, Sudan accused UNAMID’s headquarters in Sudan, New York and Addis Ababa of seeking to cover up what it called the “heinous crime” committed by its troops in Kass, saying they sought to criminalise the innocent victims instead of offering condolences to their families and the Sudanese government.

Both the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, and the head of the of the African Union commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, underscored the peacekeepers have been attacked by the armed gunmen, saying they returned fire in self-defence.

UNAMID acting chief Abiodun Bashua also rubbished the government’s claims stressing that his troops " returned fire but did not initiate any shooting" and "only acted to protect themselves".

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


South Sudan’s universities should explore other revenues 2019-03-17 20:33:06 By Ukongo Benson Athia Of recent, it transpired that the five public universities dons have advanced their cause to increase the tuition fees for the students. I have seen such complaints of (...)

Pressure from the people in Sudan 2019-03-17 10:55:35 The longer genuine political and economic reform is delayed in Sudan, the greater the risk of wider instability and deepening economic crisis. By Rosalind Marsden President Omar al-Bashir, who (...)

Sudan’s al-Bashir burnt the boats before crossing 2019-03-11 06:19:03 By Mahmoud a. Suleiman Second Military Coup D’état of Omer Bashir will Not Protect him from his inevitable fate at the hands of the uprising Sudanese people The angry uprising men, women and (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan Protests: Investigate the custodial death of three University students 2019-03-13 12:53:14 The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) Sudan Protests: Urgent call for investigations into the custodial death of three University students and alleged torture of detainees by (...)

The Alliance for Restoration of Sudanese Workers Trade Unions Joins the Declaration of Freedom and Change 2019-03-10 21:16:50 PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 10 th March 2019 The Alliance for Restoration of Sudanese Workers Trade Unions announced on Sunday 10th March that it was joining the revolutionary forces (...)

Ethnic Murle politicians say enough to cattle raiding 2018-12-28 09:32:00 December 27, 2018 (JUBA) - Murle political leaders in Buma state have vowed to end the practice of cattle raiding and child abduction by individuals in the community. Jodi Jonglei, who is also (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.