Darfur rebels SLA-Minnawi deny Amnesty torture accusations
Amnesty International issued a statement this week accusing the SLA-Minnawi faction of killing, raping civilians in July in Korma town in North Darfur who were against the peace deal.
In a separate statement, the AU said SLA Minnawi members in their compound in AU headquarters in el-Fasher had severely beaten an unidentified male and rebuffed AU efforts to intervene.
"We the SLA have never attacked anyone and have never tortured anyone," said Abdel Karim al-Sheikh, the head of Minnawi's advance delegation in Khartoum.
Al-Sheikh also sent a veiled warning to the AU. "We have already met and spoken with the African Union about their issuing statements which are not helpful to the peace deal," he said angrily.
Photo: SLA rebel group leader Minni Minnawi shakes hands with US President GW Bush during a meeting at The White House. See report from Khartoum 29 July 2006 by BBC correspondent Jonah Fisher.