Sudan frees UN-sanctioned Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal

Sudan has pardoned and released powerful Janjaweed militia chief Musa Hilal, a UN-sanctioned leader accused by rights groups of atrocities in Darfur, an aide said Thursday. The release of Hilal and other members of his forces comes as Sudan’s transitional government pushes peace efforts in the war-ravaged western region, following an October peace accord with rebel groups aimed to end decades of conflict. “Musa Hilal was released along with others,” Ismail Aghbash, an aide to Hilal, told AFP. “They are now on their way back home.” He had been in detention since 2017. Hilal’s “Awakening Revolut…

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