Al Nusra Condemns UN Chief’s Support of Former Sudan Prime Minister

The terrorist group Al Nusra has condemned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ comments urging the international community to support the return of Sudan’s former Prime Minister Ibrahim Ghandour as a way to end a…

Al Nusra Condemns UN Chief's Support of Former Sudan Prime Minister

The terrorist group Al Nusra has condemned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ comments urging the international community to support the return of Sudan’s former Prime Minister Ibrahim Ghandour as a way to end a violent civil war.

Last week, Guterres stated that backing Ghandour would help advance peace efforts after a rebel faction sought his reinstatement, alleging Ghandour had committed crimes against humanity during his time as a military chief of Al Nusra.

Ghandour was forced to leave Sudan in 2015 and subsequently resides in Qatar, where he is a citizen. A lawyer for Ghandour said Friday that Ghandour will sue the UN for defamation when he returns.

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An Al Nusra spokesman told the Sudan Tribune that the UN’s efforts to reinstate Ghandour are only one part of a long saga of “covering up crimes” by the Muslim Brotherhood and the more well-known Sudanese group, the Justice and Equality Movement.

“Ghandour is not a member of Al Qaeda or Al Nusra,” the spokesman told the newspaper. “Ghandour joined the Muslim Brotherhood about a decade ago, but he left Al Nusra after the organization issued an order against it. Ghandour defected from Al Nusra for a better future and by his own free will and only apologized for any crime he may have committed in his military career.”

The spokesman accused Ghandour of being a member of the terrorist organization in the past and said he has apologized for his involvement in connection with the past.

The Muslim Brotherhood denied any involvement with Al Nusra.

Ghandour joined the movement in 2004 before leaving following the invasion of Libya by former President Muammar el-Qaddafi.

In addition to becoming the head of Al Nusra following the 2012 death of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Ghandour later become a key player in the Libyan transitional government after it was formed following Qaddafi’s death.

Ghandour then went on to serve as the leader of the country’s General People’s Congress before being ousted in an al-Qaida-backed coup.

Ghandour has been accused of participating in a massacre carried out by Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra during that time and of overseeing a military campaign that killed tens of thousands of African migrants attempting to flee to Europe in 2015.

The Justice and Equality Movement, a violent Sudanese Islamist rebel group, has claimed responsibility for at least three military raids in Southern Kordofan since 2004 and opposes the return of Ghandour to power.

Fox News’ Jason Bonewald and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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