The death of Bahaa el-Din Nouri drew the attention to the individual violations of Rapid Support Forces recruits
Nouri was taken two weeks ago by men wearing plain clothes onboard of a vehicle which doesn’t have plate numbers to unknown destination
Five days later his family was informed that the body of their son is at the morgue.
The family refused to take the body for burial because there were apparent signs that he died under torture, calling on the concerned authorities to assign an autopsy to reveal the cause of the death.
The initial investigations showed that Nouri died while being interrogated by individuals from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Immediately after the confirmed information about the causes of the death, the RSF spokesperson, Brig. Jamal Juma’a issued a press statement in which he said that they have suspended the head of the chief of the RSF intelligence unit as well as detaining all the officers involved in Nouri’s detention and interrogation.
On his part, the 1st Vice President of the Sovereign Council, Commander in Chief of the RSF 1st Lt, Gen, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo ordered lifting the immunity from those involved in the incident to allow for handing them to the prosecution to complete the investigation procedures according to the Sudanese Armed Forces Act of 2007.
Daglo went an extra mile in this regard by affirming his full support to the legal procedures until justice in achieved as soon as possible.
We fully support the steps taken, but at the same time we remind the prosecution that justice delayed is justice denied, so all the public will be waiting the implementation of the rule of law through fair trials.
The incident, though it could be labeled as individual and not a collective action, but we think that the authority of detention should be reviewed by the attorney general and chief justice to come out with strict circulars that determine the parties that have the right to detention, besides banning any detention from any party other than the concerned authorities and via legal procedures.