General Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf the man who led the military to topple Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan’s President, has had his assets blocked by the United States Treasury since 2007 for supporting and managing militias accused of carrying out genocide in the country’s Darfur conflict.
In a televised statement the general declared the military will rule the country for the next two years as part of a transition.
Ibn Auf was among other Sudanese officials placed on a U.S. sanctions list for his role in the bloodshed in the western region of Darfur.
In 2007, the U.S. Treasury Department blocked Ibn Auf’s assets along with two other Sudanese officials for their role in ‘fomenting violence and human rights abuses in Darfur.’
It accused them of acting as ‘liaisons’ between the government and the Janjaweed.
It said Ibn Auf ‘provided the Janjaweed with logistical support and directed attacks.’
At the time, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. said, ‘Even in the face of sanctions, these individuals have continued to play direct roles in the terrible atrocities of Darfur.’