Khartoum January 23, 2023A witness revealed that he was tortured and blackmailed by the Army Intelligence, in order to testify against the demonstrators accused of killing Sergeant Mirghani Al-Jili.
On March 8, 2022, the Sudanese army announced that a sergeant affiliated with it had been brutally killed and his body mutilated, in conjunction with a mass demonstration rejecting military rule in the area surrounding Al-Qasr Street.
Later, the authorities arrested a number of demonstrators, whose lawyers say they had been tortured, before referring them to the court, which held a number of sessions in the case.
A member of the defense committee for the demonstrators, Rehab Al-Mubarak, told “Sudan Tribune” on Monday; “The seventh witness in today’s session informed the court that he was subjected to torture and extortion from the military intelligence of the army.”
It indicated that the witness, Jad al-Karim Jumaa, 21, who was arrested a week after the killing of the sergeant, was placed in a military intelligence detention facility for a month.
The witness reported, according to Mubarak, that the cell where he was being held was flooded with water to prevent him from sleeping, before the officers overseeing his torture asked him to testify against the demonstrators.
He said that he “feared for himself because of the pressure on him after he was accused of being the main suspect in the case of the murder of the intelligence sergeant, and blackmailing him on a previous claim, as the officers investigating him threatened him to open the old books if he did not cooperate with them.”--
He stated that the officers blackmailed him by defaming his reputation as “gay” and extracting reports confirming this allegation and presenting them to his family.-
He said: “In the face of this torture and extortion, I promised them to testify, fearing for my life and for my release.”
Rehab Al-Mubarak revealed that the witness was giving his statements “with tears flowing from his eyes,” indicating that this matter explains the psychological pressure and torture he was subjected to.
The court responded to the defense’s request to protect the witness, Jad Al-Karim Juma, in accordance with the Evidence Law of 1991 and the circular of the Chief Justice regarding witness protection.
The defense team asked the court to grant it permission to open criminal cases against the officer who tortured the witness, on charges of influencing the course of justice, coercion of perjury, kidnapping, illegal detention, and extortion.
The accused demonstrators are: Khaled Mamoun Khadr, Hamza Saleh, Mahjoub Ismail, Sharaf al-Din Abu al-Majd, Siwar al-Dahab Abu al-Azaem, Michael James, Qasim Haseeb and Hossam Mansour (Al-Sayyad).