Interpol to Hunt Down Sudan’s Former Spy Chief

Sudan has reached out to Interpol to hunt down its former head of intelligence.

Salah Gosh, former head of the dissolved National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) is accused of plotting terrorist attacks which aimed to undermine the country’s constitutional system.

Investigations point fingers at him for forming a terrorist cell which was arrested ahead of the attacks planned for May 2019.

Gosh is viewed as the founder of Bashir’s notorious security agency that has been complicit in the murder of peaceful protesters in rallies that led to the ouster of the longtime president in April 2019.

A trial will kick off in Khartoum on Sunday for members of the cell who have been identified as former members of the so-called People’s Security Service (PSS) and security officials from Bashir’s dissolved ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The prosecution had announced that 24 suspects were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the plot and for seeking to violently oppose the authorities.

Interpol had in February agreed to Sudan’s request to apprehend Gosh, who is on the run in a neighboring country.

Sources from the general prosecution told Asharq Al-Awsat that investigations have shown that Gosh was the main plotter of the terrorist attacks. He was involved in financing the cell and providing it with logistic support.

Weapons, explosives and modern communication equipment were seized from the cell.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the suspects confessed that Gosh would have assumed a “major” position in the country had the operation been a success and the new transitional authority ousted.


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