Brother of Sudan’s Bashir not in detention: army

Spokesman of the Sudan's Transitional Military Council Lieutenant General Shamseddine Kabbashi speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on May 7, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 14 May 2019

Brother of Sudan’s Bashir not in detention: army

  • Bashir himself is being held in Khartoum’s Kober prison, according to the council

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s ruling military council said Tuesday that a brother of ousted president Omar Al-Bashir who it previously announced had been detained was actually not in custody.
On April 17, the military council had announced that it had detained two of Bashir’s five brothers — Abdallah Hassan Al-Bashir and Al-Abbas Hassan Al-Bashir.
“This statement was not accurate,” military council spokesman Lt. Gen. Shamseddine Kabbashi told reporters early on Tuesday.
He said on April 17 Abdallah had been arrested, and the next day Abbas was seen in an area bordering with a neighboring country.
“Sudanese authorities have been in contact with this country but it has refused to hand him over to us,” he said without naming the country.
“Then news came that he is in Turkey,” Kabbashi said without specifying whether he was referring to recent media reports of Abbas being in Turkey.
Bashir himself is being held in Khartoum’s Kober prison, according to the council.
On Monday, Sudan’s prosecutor general’s office said Bashir had been charged over the killings of protesters during anti-regime protests that led to his ouster on April 11.
The charges form part of an investigation into the death of a medic killed during a protest in the capital’s eastern district of Burri, the prosecutor general’s office said in a statement.
Ninety people were killed in protest-related violence after demonstrations initially erupted in December, a doctors’ committee linked to the protest movement said last month.
The official death toll is 65.
On Monday, five protesters and an army major were shot dead in Khartoum, according to the committee, just hours after protest leaders and the ruling generals reached a breakthrough agreement on transitional authorities to run the country.
The army rulers who took power after Bashir’s ouster and protest leaders are engaged in negotiations over handing of power from the generals to a civilian administration.

Egypt accuses UN of seeking to ‘politicize’ Morsi death

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Egypt accuses UN of seeking to ‘politicize’ Morsi death

  • Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said the UN is trying to politicize a natural death
  • The High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an independent investigation into the death of Morsi

CAIRO: Egypt accused the United Nations on Wednesday of seeking to “politicize” the death of the country’s first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi by calling for an “independent inquiry.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said he condemned “in the strongest terms” the call by the spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, for an independent investigation into Morsi’s death during a court hearing on Monday.

Hafez said it was a “deliberate attempt to politicize a case of natural death.”

Colville called Tuesday for a probe into whether the conditions Morsi faced during his nearly six years in custody had contributed to his death.

“Any sudden death in custody must be followed by a prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation carried out by an independent body to clarify the cause of death,” he said.

“Concerns have been raised regarding the conditions of Mr. Morsi’s detention, including access to adequate medical care, as well as sufficient access to his lawyers and family,” Colville added.

He said the investigation must “encompass all aspects of the authorities’ treatment of Mr. Morsi to examine whether the conditions of his detention had an impact on his death.”

Morsi was toppled by then army chief, now President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in 2013 after a single divisive year in power. He was later charged with an array of offenses including espionage.

Since his ouster, authorities have waged an ongoing crackdown on dissent of all kinds that has seen thousands of Brotherhood supporters jailed and hundreds facing death sentences.

A group of British parliamentarians in March 2018 warned Morsi’s detention conditions, particularly inadequate treatment for his diabetes and liver disease, could trigger “premature death.”