Sudan’s intelligence chief, Salah Gosh has been relieved of his post and appointed adviser to President Omar al-Bashir. Human rights group have accused Gosh of playing a significant role in abuses that took place in the western region of Darfur. Human Rights Watch had called for the ICC to investigate Gosh’s role in the government’s attempt to quash rebels in Darfur. President Bashir issued a republican decree appointing Gosh as Presidential Adviser.
The current deputy intelligence chief and director of national security, Mohammed Atta al-Moula will replace Gosh as the new Chief of Intelligence. The new intelligence chief is a qualified engineer who joined the Intelligence service in 1992. The government did not give any reason for moving the influential Gosh from his position but there are speculations that by bringing him closer to the presidency and under the watchful eye of President Bashir, Gosh’s activities will be much closely observed and scrutinised.
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