North Darfur government arrests Rapid Support leaders for violations
The government of North Darfur State arrested leaders from the Rapid Support Forces stationed in the Zamzam camp for the displaced, for violations related to weapons and drugs.
The North Darfur State Security Committee said that the Rapid Support Forces arrested four people in the Zamzam camp for the displaced, took them to the central section, and filed complaints against them for violating the law.
In a statement, on Sunday, the committee indicated that news circulated about the arrest of four people.
Media reports stated that the Rapid Support Forces arrested youth leaders in the camp for “objecting to the terms of an conflict-ending agreement between [tribal] components of West El Fasher.”
It is noteworthy that the Rapid Support Forces –known colloquially as the “Janjaweed” militias— were fighting on behalf of the government of ousted President Omar al-Bashir against the rebel movements in Darfur.
They are led by the second in command in the military junta, Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, “Hemedti.”
The committee’s statement, issued by acting rapporteur Brigadier General Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi Hamad, said that the incident was due to the arrest of a Rapid Support force on December 7, where they were charged under criminal code “26/44” for Weapons and Ammunition.
They Rapid Support members under arrest were also charged under Article 15/a of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law on December 8.
All RSF members, as per the statement, are currently under custody pending investigation into the two communications, which were carried out under the supervision of the Public Prosecution.