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Public Prosecutor announces death of 24 people in recent demos

The Higher Commission tasked to follow up investigations into the recent demonstrations announced a surge in death toll of protests which reached 24 people. Meanwhile, the Sudanese Attorney General Omar Ahmed Mohammed has obligated the heads of investigation committees to expedite procedures to investigate lawsuits filed against suspects in the killing of protesters during the demonstrations that broke out on 19 December to lift their immunity for trial.

In a press conference the transcript of which was published on the Tagpress website, the Attorney General called on the heads of the special committees to conduct the investigations and interrogations into the reports of killing, preserve evidence and data, cross examine blood relatives of those killed and follow up with forensic evidence for investigating collected data. The Attorney General underlined the need for inventory of damaged public and private property and estimation of the value of the damaged property.

The head of the committees charged with investigating the protests in the cities of Sudan presented their reports to the Attorney General. The Chief Prosecutor revealed nine people were injured in the city of Khartoum and were on record. The number of reports of damage of property was four reports and the cost of damage estimated at about SDG564 thousand but no death report was filed in the city of Bahri. In Omdurman, three fatalities and seven injuries were registered including five reports of minor damage of property.

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Source: Tagpress