Sudan security service slaps travel ban on top civilian politicians -sources


Sudan’s security service has slapped a travel ban on members of a task force overseeing the country’s transition to democracy, government sources said, as tensions between civilian and military leaders threaten to boil over weeks after a failed coup.

The political crisis erupted on 21 September, when Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said rogue troops still loyal to Omar al-Bashir had sought to derail by force the revolution that removed the ousted president from power in 2019.

Two senior civilian government sources said on Wednesday that the General Intelligence Service’s (GIS) travel ban affected 11 civilian officials in all, most of them members of the Committee tasked with dismantling Bashir’s financial and political legacy.

There was no immediate comment from the GIS or military representatives.

The sources said the list included Mohamed al-Faki, who at a news conference last month accused the military of using the coup as an excuse to try to seize power.

Al-Faki is also part of the ruling Sovereign Council, on which both civilian and military officials sit and which has run Sudan under a fragile power-sharing deal since the overthrow of Bashir.

Since the coup attempt, military leaders have withdrawn protection for the task force committee and demanded changes to the civilian coalition with which they share power.

The sources said the travel ban was illegal as it originated from the GIS rather than the public prosecutor’s office, and that the cabinet – which sits below the Sovereign Council – was pressing for an investigation.

The list came to light after another person on it, businessman Salah Manaa, was stopped but eventually managed to board a flight to Cairo, the sources said.