House of Lords written question – answered on 27th November 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any evidence that the Justice and Equality Movement in Sudan was either funded by or fought for either Libya or Colonel Gaddafi.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The United Nations Panels of Experts for both Libya and Sudan have referenced evidence and information related to financial, logistical and military links between the Darfur armed groups, including the Justice and Equality Movement, and the Gaddafi government in Libya. The report of the Libya Panel of Experts of 20 March 2012 referenced numerous reports that “JEM and other Zaghawa ethnic elements of the Darfur armed opposition provided military assistance to Muammar Qadhafi during the conflict with the National Transitional Council.” It concluded that “the accumulative strength of intelligence gives substantial credibility to these findings, but the Panel was not able to definitively corroborate this”.

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