Dr Gibril Ibrahim, head of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), has strongly denied that his forces “murdered” JEM-Bashar faction leader Mohammed Bashar, his deputy Suleiman Arko, his brother Noureen Bashar and at least eight others on Sunday at the Sudan-Chad border.
In an interview with Radio Dabanga, Dr Ibrahim said that the incident was “a military confrontation that took place between armed militants from both sides”. “Some people died and some were wounded from both factions, so the allegations of ‘assassination in cold blood’ are groundless and unfounded,” said Dr Ibrahim.
He also he denied the allegation that the clash occurred in Chadian territory: “If that was the case, the Chadian government would be talking about it. The entire engagement took place on Sudanese soil. The JEM did not enter into Chad nor did it assassinate any one.”
The National Intelligence and Security Service and the Sudanese Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday and Monday, calling the JEM version of the story “a bare lie and completely far from truth”.
However, Dr Ibrahim blamed “international parties who rushed to condemn the JEM based on news from the Sudanese government without verification, investigation or contacting both conflict parties to find the truth”. He pointed out that Unamid has not yet sent a team to the area to investigate. “They just depend on the government’s claims without verifying or contacting the other parties.”
Regarding the fate of the JEM-Bashar militants captured by JEM during the engagement, Dr Ibrahim explained that they are still members of his (JEM) movement. “They are not Prisoners of War, nor have they ever claimed to have left the movement. The statutes and laws of the movement’s forces determine sanctions against any member of the movement who commits the crime of high treason, bears arms in the face of the government, engages in complicity with the enemy, etc.,
“What happens to them must be decided by a Court Martial. We have not dismissed them, nor have they submitted a resignation nor have they ever said they’re joining another movement.”
Dr Ibrahim added that the men who were captured “tried to steal the name of the JEM, handed over JEM equipment to the regime, and are now under arrest; not as Prisoners of War. They will be treated and accordingly tried as (delinquent) JEM members because they accepted and signed our laws.”
Dr. Ibrahim reiterated that Chadian troops are on the move in Darfur. He told Radio Dabanga that on Thursday, Chadian forces were seen at Kurwa in North Darfur as well as in Furawiya in North Darfur.
“We do not seek to confront these Chadian forces in any way,” said Dr Ibrahim, “because they are not the enemy we have taken up arms against. We are fighting Sudanese government troops on Sudanese soil, and request foreign parties not to interfere in our internal affairs.” Dr Ibrahim called on Chad to withdraw its forces.
However, Colonel Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad, spokesman for the Sudanese Army has denied that Chadian forces crossed the Sudanese border. He described the JEM version of events as “untrue and unconfirmed”.
According to the Sudan News Agency on Thursday, Saad said that that “talk of Chadian forces entering Sudanese territory is media ruse to hide many of the aims of the rebels and to embarrass the governments of Sudan and Chad”.
“Chad fighter jets target JEM”
JEM spokesman Jibril Adam Bilal has alleged that a jet fighter from Chad bombed the El Tina locality in North Darfur on Monday, one day after JEM-Bashar leader was killed in unclear circumstances in the area. Bilal: “so far, there are no reports of casualties from our side.”
An anonymous source speaking to AFP said the jet fighters were targeting JEM forces, adding that the Chadian Air Force “bombed both sides of the border”. This informant also had no information about casualties.
Bilal claimed Sudanese and Chadian aircraft had carried out more raids since Monday, but the source was unable to confirm this.
A Sudanese defence ministry spokesman and Unamid both claimed to have no information about the air strike.
File photo: Dr Gibril Ibrahim, head of JEM
Related: JEM strongly refutes faction’s account of Chad-Sudan border clash (16 May 2013)
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The leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has leader scorning the hubris of the Sudanese Minister of Defence soon retaking the South Kordofan town of Abu Karshola and “purging the area of rebel forces”. Dr Jibril Ibrahim called Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Hussein “the best the revolution has seen”.
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Dr Ibrahim said that every now and again Hussein uses the entire budget of his Ministry to facilitate the task of the resistance forces. Rebels then defeat the government forces in Darfur and Kordofan battles, and capture all of their equipment.
During his visit on Wednesday to Obeid, the North Kordofan capital, Hussein announced that the army has started to enforce its plans to retake control of the areas captured by the SRF rebel coalition and defeat them. He also reaffirmed the ability and strength of his forces to crush the rebels, Sudan News Agency reported. Abu Karshola has been in rebel hands for about three weeks.
However, Dr Ibrahim who is also vice-president of the SRF, said: “Hussein thinks any plans he may have to retake Abu Karshola are good and he is secure about. We are also secure, because we are more than certain he will fail; it is a plan for defeat, not victory, and the facts will prove our point.”
“Hussein cannot recapture Abu Karshola and he cannot protect any town. However he will mantain that he can defend Khartoum.”
Discussion of the recent attacks by SRF forces in North and South Kordofan was on Thursday’s agenda the Council of Defence and National Security (CDNS), which is presided over by President Omar Al Bashir himself.
Its members discussed reports about the security situation in various regions. They were briefed about measures taken by the army to repel this offensive. The meeting concluded that “the army is able to defend the country and to defeat the rebel groups”.
National Consensus Forces
Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the spokesman for the National Consensus Forces (NCF) Kamal Omar, demanded that Khartoum transfer power to a transitional government because it has failed to maintain peace, stability and unity. “It has become isolated and it must go!”
The NCF is a coalition of Sudanese opposition parties who aim to remove the National Congress Party (NCP) from power.
Omar said it is now the duty of the regime to hand over power to a transitional government because the issues of Sudan will not be solved on the basis of religious slogans and mobilisation for war, but rather, they will be resolved through political dialogue.
“The system is not intellectually qualified to launch religious slogans, which should rather be applied to the President first. The corrupt should be punished.”
The Sudanese who were born into the current political climate tend to accept restrictions on human rights and press freedom, and live according to war policy, he said. This is because it is the only life they know, said Omar.
National Umma Party
The leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) Mariam Sadiq Al Mahdi told Radio Dabanga how the government continuously accuses the opposition of supporting the SRF and of being their accomplices. She said these accusations will not solve the problems of Sudan, as this type of speech “poisons the atmosphere”.
The NCP came to power with a coup d’état and has failed to maintain the unity of the country, she said. Instead, “it promoted political injustice, destroyed the economy, tore the fabric of society and spawned poverty and war.”
She demanded that the NCP recognise its failure saying: “Our national responsibility as a party requires us to be understanding with those who take up arms, in order to preserve the unity of the country.”
Al Mahid said that NCP members should be held accountable for all the damage it has done, as justice is an essential to stability in Sudan.
File photo: Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Hussein (Sudan Tribune)
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A senior member of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has strongly refuted accounts by the JEM-Bashar breakaway faction of the clash on the Chad-Sudan border on Sunday left three faction leaders dead.
In an interview with Radio Dabanga on Wednesday, the brother of the late Mohamed Bashar, leader of JEM-Bashar, said his brother was killed intentionally along with a third brother and at least eight others. He asserted that JEM militiamen attacked the unarmed group on Chadian soil and then buried some of the bodies across the Sudanese border in North Darfur.
Abdullahi Osman El Tom, head of the JEM Bureau for Strategic Planning says that in fact, JEM-Bashar’s forces crossed the border from Chad with a force of between 130 and 200 fighters, four ammunition and logistical trucks, and 23 Land Cruisers. These were mounted with 221mm, 23mm, and 12.5mm artillery guns, Katyusha and SPG-9 rocket launchers. The personnel were armed with rifles and RPG-7 hand-held rocket launchers.
“Baffling as it was, the car driven by the slain Mohamed Bashar was also carrying 50 shackles and it is a riddle to us what he was intending to do with them. Perhaps the shackles were reserved for senior JEM captives along the way,” he said.
El Tom asserts the clash took place in Bamina, North Darfur, away from the Sudan-Chad border, which is heavily guarded by the combined forces of the two countries. He added that in that area, border demarcations are very clear as the two countries are divided by the Tina valley.
Following a “brief exchange of heavy fire, Bashar’s group lost control and went into disarray,” he says. “Most escaped, but some were surrounded, injured or killed, including Mohamed Bashar, Arko Suleiman and others.”
The JEM force lost two soldiers and a further eight were injured. El Tom says “it was realised soon after the battle that Mohamed Bashar was among the casualties”.
The JEM-Bashar faction was formed in September last year when a splinter faction of the JEM announced its separation from Darfur’s largest rebel group, accusing the movement of becoming a biased organisation, expressing favouritism to some particular ideas and accused the group of being no longer transparent.
On 6 April, Mohamed Bashar, leader of what became known as the JEM-Bashar, signed the internationally brokered DDPD with the Sudanese government in Qatar.
Map: Chad-Sudan border
Related: ‘Deliberate assassination’: Surviving Bashar brother visits burial site in North Darfur (15 May 2013)
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