Hemetti: Military Takeover Was The Best Option

Crime Against Humanity

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Following the military’s takeover in Sudan on October 25, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the house arrest of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, it took nearly a month of negotiations to reach an agreement.

But there is another significant figure in the country’s political dynamics: General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as Hemeti. He is al-Buhan’s deputy in the Sovereign Council and the leader of the Rapid Support Forces, the army’s strongest division.

As many in Sudan and the region consider him the country’s most powerful figure, would he like to become the next president? General Dagalo talks to Al Jazeera.

Sudan Rapid Support Forces

It is clear that Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo received the questions in advance from the reporter. The answers he gives have been devised by a press officer and media coach.

Hemetti claims that it is not clear that his forces have committed any atrocities and that an independent investigation has been set up. He further claims that such rumors are only part of a demonization campaign against him and his forces.

A recently published article by the Middle East Eye lists all the deaths since the military coup began to date. Not only that, they also state the cause of death and have pictures of the victims. Their statistics are based on information from the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors – a very credible source.

According to Human Rights Watch, abuses by Rapid Support Forces have been documented for many years. Akshaya Kumar reports: “Men like Mohamed Hamadan Dagalo (“Hemetti”) have enjoyed immunity from prosecution as a result of their role within the transitional government. For years, Human Rights Watch documented the abuses of his Rapid Support Forces (RSF), both in the capital and against the country’s marginalized populations in Hemetti’s native Darfur, but also the two areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.”

Furthermore, she writes: “While the Nov. 21 deal promises an investigation into the deaths and injuries of protesters in this latest round of killing, we’ve seen how previous attempts to hold Sudan’s security services accountable have been hamstrung, including the June 2019 inquiry into protester deaths at the hands of the RSF.”

There are already independent investigations that have been completed. And there is much to suggest that the information about the murders of unarmed protesters is not loose rumors and a demonization campaign.

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