Sudan’s Army prosecuted over killing protesters

Sudan’s army has, reportedly, handed prosecutors the findings of a probe into the killing of 128 people at a protest in 2019. In April 2019, thousands of protesters gathered at the army headquarters in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. The protesters gathered and began a sit-in lasting for days demanding Omar al-Bashir, the long-president, to step down after almost 30 years of leading the country. Whilst security forces attempted to disperse the crowd using violence, other segments of the military moved to protect the civilian protesters. This showed a fissure within the armed forces on their support for the regime. He was finally removed from office in April 2019 after a coup d’état led by the Sudanese Armed Forces.

 

Although happy that Bashir had been removed from office, protesters were not satisfied with the military planning on creating a transitional government for the next two years and continued their sit-in. Negotiations over the composition of a new, revised transitional government continued over the following months between the civilian groups and military leaders. At the same time, civilian groups continued to strike and demonstrate in order to keep pressure on the military-led council. In response, military forces attempted to clear demonstrators from one of their primary spots in Khartoum, which resulted in the death of more than 100 people.


In a statement released in mid-May 2021, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, has handed over a report on the investigation to the Attorney General, allowing him to initiate legal proceedings and reach concluding results.

As part of the report, a list of soldiers allegedly involved in the event has been included – as well as a lift on their immunity. Whilst generals in power at the time of the June massacre have denied involvement in the bloody dispersal, it is now in the hands of the Attorney General, Tagelsir al-Hebr, to reach final results.