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Sudan to Try Ex-vp for Airlift

June 7, 1985
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Sudan has formally begun a judicial investigation seeking to charge those involved in the clandestine airlift of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, the World Jewish Congress reported this week. The airlift was halted last January following its public disclosure.

WJC monitoring sources here reported that Radio Khartoum said that “the file of Ethiopian Jews Falashas (sic) case is judicially opened here.” The broadcast said that the ousted Vice President, Umar Muhammad al-Tayyib, who directed the state security apparatus during the former regime of President Gaafar al-Nimeiry, is being charged with treason and espionage with the case. An official source in the investigating committee said that separate suits on political and economic corruption will soon be filed against al-Tayyib.

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