Col. Ibrahim Chamsadine, former Min. of Defence in Sudan

“Colonel Ibrahim Chamsadine was Sudan’s defense minister but was arrested and imprisoned in 1995 by Omar al-Bashir for opposing the tyrannical dictator.”

“He was recently found in prison under a mosque in Sudan when he was declared dead on June 11, 2008.”

“The state falsely announced that he had died in a plane crash.”

Col. Ibrahim Chamsadine, former Min. of Defence in Sudan

False macabre

The above information is false information on Sudan and has been circulating in recent days on social networks and some African online media.

The information was quickly relayed by social networks. A certain “Colonel Ibrahim Chamsadine” was found in a secret prison under a mosque in the Sudanese city of Omdurman. According to these articles it would be the former defense minister of Omar El Bashir, declared dead on June 11, 2008, in a plane crash, but actually held since 1995 in an underground prison of Omdurman and discovered through to the popular uprising. This information is false and contains several untruths.

The consultation of the Afrinik confirms a plane crash at Khartoum airport, not on the 11th, but on June 10th, 2008. The death toll was 30, but no minister was among the victims. A Sudanese Defense Minister was killed in a plane crash in 2008, it was May 2nd, but it was Dominic Dim Deng, Minister of Defense of the Southern semi-autonomous regional government.

There was indeed a Colonel Ibrahim Shamssedine (spelled with S) Sudanese Minister of Defense. He died in a plane crash in 2001 with twelve others, as reported by United Press International on April 4, 2001.

There is also a phonetic homonym, Ibrahim Chamseddine. This is the former Lebanese Minister of State in charge of administrative development between 2008 and 2009. In addition, the current spokesman for the Transitional Military Council in Sudan is Chamseddine Kabbachi. He is general and Chamseddine is his first name.

The articles all have the same picture, that of an old, scrawny man. This image has nothing to do with Colonel Ibrahim Chamsadine. This is a snapshot illustrating the ravages of drought in Kenya in the Turkana region in the northwest of the country. It was published by the @RoncliffeOdit journalist from the Swahili editorial of the BBC on March 19, 2019, as you can verify below:

According to most sites that relayed this false information, it came from the online media Chad One who quickly denied on his Facebook page.

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