The Sudanese army’s recent release of thousands of inmates, including leaders of the former Muslim Brotherhood regime, has surprised many Sudanese people who fought against the regime in the December 2018 revolution. Despite ongoing trials for corruption and a coup against an elected government, the army and the defunct regime leaders are working together to undermine the revolution. The release of these leaders has exposed the close relationship between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood, with one of the released leaders calling on the Brotherhood to engage in war on the side of the army forces. This revelation highlights the need for Sudanese citizens to mobilize their efforts to stop the war and not allow the regime to return to dictatorship.
The radical Sudanese preacher Abdel Hai Youssef calls for “killing politicians and party leaders from the civil forces”. And the preacher, affiliated with the Omar El Bechir system, calls for “dispersing them so that they do not gather in one place as they are traitors” (Al Arabiya). It’s urgent Raising awareness about this link between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood, and how it threatens the progress made by the December 2018 revolution. The Rapid Support Forces is pledging to protect the revolutionaries from the oppression they are subjected to by military and ex-regime forces. The RSF managed to thwart nine coup attempts by the ex- regime supporter, they were all put in jail.
In December 2018, the Sudanese people’s revolution began in order to achieve freedom, peace, and justice from a dictatorial regime that had been in power for 30 years. The Rapid Support Forces initially supported the revolution and put the leaders of the previous regime in prison. However, later on, the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, “Hamedti”, announced his support for full civil rule through a framework agreement, which the army later attacked. Some leaders of the Islamic Movement, who are wanted for war crimes, declared fighting alongside Al-Burhan forces and their complete siding with the army. Anas Omar, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, described civilians as traitors and vowed not to allow the return of civilian rule. Ali Karti, a leader of the “Shadow Brigades” and “Popular Defense,” is accused of violating human rights and supplying weapons to Libyan forces during Gaddafi’s regime. He has a close social connection with current army commander Abdel Fattah Al- Burhan.
The reports discuss the appointment of militant Islamists to key positions in the Sudanese government following the coup led by Abd al-Fattah al-Burhan. Lieutenant Colonel Mudassir Othman, son-in-law of a fugitive Islamist leader, was appointed as secretary of al-Burhan’s office. Othman is suspected of harboring the fugitive leader and acting as a coordination link between the coup leaders and the Islamists. Other important Islamists were appointed to intelligence services, including Major General Abdul Nabi Al-Mahi and General Abdel Moneim Jalal, who are known for their commitment to Islamism.
Furthermore, Osama Abdullah, a member of the militant Muslim Brotherhood in the Al-Bashir regime who held the position of Minister of Electricity and Dams. Abdullah is accused of financial corruption related to the construction of dams, particularly the Merowe Dam in northern Sudan. He is also accused of using the dam implementation unit of the Ministry of Electricity to employ corrupt members of the political Islamic movement. The reports suggest that elements of the Muslim Brotherhood and veterans of the group are supporting al-Burhan in the ongoing war, hoping to gain control of the country through the army.
Thousands of inmates were released from several central prisons in Sudan to allow the leaders of the ousted Bashir regime to escape from Kober National Prison. The leaders were imprisoned for widespread corruption crimes and the coup against an elected government. The army leaders facilitated their escape, and the escaped leaders expressed their support for the army forces in the war against the Rapid Support Forces. One of the escaped leaders, Ahmed Muhammad Haroun, revealed the role of the revolutionary forces and Mujahideen Brigades in their release, which aimed to undermine the people’s revolution. Among the escaped leaders are Ali Othman Taha, Nafie Ali Nafie, and Awad Al-Jazz, who formed the narrow circle of the Bashir regime for 30 years and established torture centers and “ghost houses.” The statement of Haroun has been considered a call to expand the war and an embarrassment to the Sudanese army.