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Sudan: Hamdok to Launch Investigation over Protesters' Deaths in June

Sudan: Hamdok to Launch Investigation over Protesters' Deaths in June

Sunday, 22 September, 2019 - 09:30
Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they protest against the outcomes of the investigation into crackdown on protest camp in Khartoum, Sudan, 28 July 2019. EPA

Sudan's newly appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is launching an independent probe into June's deadly crackdown on protesters which left dozens dead.

Hamdok said late Saturday the seven-member committee includes a top judge, an independent figure and two attorneys.

The justice, defense and interior ministries will be represented on the committee which should conclude its probe within six months, according to The Associated Press.

In June, security forces killed dozens of pro-democracy protesters when they violently dispersed a sit-in outside the military's headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

Protest leaders demanded the establishment of an independent inquiry as part of a subsequent power-sharing agreement with the military.

An investigation by Sudanese prosecutors in July claimed that the ruling generals did not order the deadly break-up, but blamed the widely condemned dispersal on paramilitary forces who exceeded their orders.

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