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Sudan’s presidential assistants assaulted, injured in London

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June 7, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Presidential Assistant Nafi Ali Nafi sustained an injury on Wednesday when an angry Sudanese expatriate hurled a chair at him during a heated symposium organised by the Sudanese embassy in London.

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Sudan’s presidential assistant Nafi Ali Nafi (REUTERS PICTURES)

The powerful figure of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) travelled this week to the capital city of the United Kingdom as he faced a barrage of criticism at home by fellow party hardliners over his leading role in signing an accord recognising the north Sudan sector of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) as a “legal political party.”

Nafi was hosted by the Sudanese embassy in London on Wednesday, along with Presidential Adviser Mustafa Osman Isma’il, to address members of the Sudanese community in the UK. According to Sudan Tribune’s sources, those who turned up to attend were faced with tight security measures and had their mobile phones and cameras taken away by security personnel.

When the window for questions was opened towards the end of the symposium, Nafi was heckled by journalists and anti-government activists over his alleged responsibility for some of the well-known crimes committed during the rule of the current Islamist government, including the summary execution on 24 April 1990 of 28 army officers who attempted to stage a coup as well as atrocities committed in the western region of Darfur.

Eye-witnesses told Sudan Tribune that Nafi responded arrogantly to the questions, telling the audience that his government had no qualms about the execution of the army officers who attempted the coup. Then one attendant rose from his place and throw a chair that hit Nafi above his eyebrow, according to multiple sources.

The spokesman of Sudan’s foreign ministry Al-Obaid Adam Moraoah confirmed the incident but he said that the injury was “not severe.” He told the Sudanese Media Center (SMC), a website run by the country’s security apparatus, that Nafi is due to be back in Khartoum on Friday.

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  • 8 July 2011 10:25, by Aleu

    That desperation is remain to be seen. They are right to kick his ass, these are the people who have been supporting indictment killer for many years in North Sudan.

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    • 8 July 2011 11:21, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      That is what i said when my friend told me to go and listen to what this evil so called Nifa was going to say but i said no those people are they one that cause alot of trouble in sudan than i refused to go there.
      London is not a place for crime like sudan but a place for freedom not your country that you use force to killed without justice.

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  • 8 July 2011 11:50, by Wanibuluk Ciciliba

    The problem with the Northern elites is that they like defending crime that are thuroughly condemned by Human Rights and Rule of Law even if it is known to children that they committed it.
    Secondly they do not have enough guts to softly speake to audiance or gatherings of civilized men and women.Listen to Albashir comes tomorrow in Juba, you will hear a sound of burrel without fuel in it rolling in the mozelliume.
    What was wrong about answering the question politly giving the details of what the Okuma did during that point in question? Let him reap.Defence for ill manners should be at home not Internationally.Defence seria law at home and respond to civil laws outside there.
    Where Arabic is not allowed, there is always misfiring of questions and minch of words leading to misundersting and arogance including signing of documents without understanding what it holds.
    That taff life is underway for NCP every where they go around the world, they will be denied.

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