Sudanese military leaders begin ‘hunt’ for sources in CNN investigation, officials say

Relatives were also threatened to silence suspected leakers. One source said the authorities were “chasing us, chasing the people we love, desperately hunting for leaders. This is a clear signal. The authorities are terrified and are reacting in the only way they know how: with violence.”

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Sunday calling for an end to military rule after CNN investigationaccusing the Sudanese military leadership of being “soldiers-thieves”.

The investigation, based on numerous interviews with senior Sudanese and US officials and a large number of documents viewed by CNN, has painted a picture of Russia’s multi-year plan to plunder Sudan’s wealth in an attempt to protect Russia from increasingly harsh Western sanctions and support Moscow’s policies. military operations in Ukraine.

Evidence unearthed by CNN also suggests that Russia colluded with Sudan’s military leadership, allowing billions of dollars of gold to bypass the Sudanese state and deprive the impoverished nation of hundreds of millions of government revenues.

Clashes erupted on Sunday after hundreds of demonstrators tried to make their way to the Republican Palace – the office of the President of Sudan – but were met by police, who fired tear gas at the protesters in response.

The video shows demonstrators chanting slogans against the military, which toppled the transitional civilian government in 2021 and dealt a devastating blow to the Sudanese pro-democracy movement that toppled President Omar al-Bashir two years earlier.

The authorities closed the main Mek Nimr Bridge, which connects the center of Khartoum and the north of Khartoum.

Protesters march during a rally against military rule following the latest coup in Khartoum, Sudan, on July 31, 2022.
Pro-democracy protesters on the streets of Khartoum on Sunday 31 July 2022

On Friday, Sudanese pro-democracy groups, including the influential Revolutionary Committees, called for a “million man march” to be held the next day.

Evidence seen by CNN also suggests that Russia colluded with Sudan’s beleaguered military leadership to allow billions of dollars of gold to bypass the Sudanese state and deprive the impoverished country of hundreds of millions of government revenues.

The investigation was widely disseminated in Sudan and caused a public outcry. Hours after the report was aired, messages began to circulate on WhatsApp and other social networks used by pro-democracy activists.

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“CNN’s investigation is extremely important to us. It addressed the critical issue of conflict over resources, especially in a poor country like Sudan,” Mohamed Al-Faki Sulaiman, a leading Sudanese pro-democracy figure and former acting head of the civil anti-corruption committee, told CNN.

“This is the result of the lack of control by the civilian authorities over the security services, especially the police and security agencies, and therefore we have not been able to impose our control over the smuggling process,” Suleiman said.

On Saturday, the head of Sudan’s national mining corporation, Mubarak Ardol, criticized the investigation on Twitter, calling it “weak and inaccurate” and its figures “exaggerated and imaginary.”

CNN contacted Sudan’s military rulers but received no response.