Hamas assets in Sudan
Official: PA calls Sudan to hand over Hamas’s seized assets
On Saturday, the Palestinian Authority demanded Sudan's authorities to hand over funds seized as part of a crackdown on Sudan-based businesses that fund Hamas.
Hussein al-Sheikh, a top Palestinian official close to President Mahmoud Abbas, posted on Twitter, "We hope that the state of Sudan, which has always been a supporter of Palestine, would hand over the movable and immovable monies that were confiscated to the State of Palestine and its government.
He claimed that the recently foiled coup in Sudan was part of an internal fight aimed at gaining American backing for Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's government's civilian component over the military.
He went on to say, "It's a cheap game in which Hamas' name has been dragged into," and demanded that Sudan change its stance on the movement.
Sudanese authorities said earlier this week that they had seized rich assets that had been used to fund Hamas for years, giving light on how the country had functioned as a refuge for the organisation under ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
Real estate, firm shares, a hotel in a great Khartoum location, an exchange bureau, a TV station, and over a million acres of farmland are among the holdings.
Since Bashir's fall in 2019, the takeover of at least a dozen enterprises that officials allege are linked to Hamas has aided Sudan's realignment with the West.
According to Wagdi Salih, a key member of the task force - the Committee to Dismantle the June 30, 1989 Regime and Recover Public Funds - Sudan has become a center for money laundering and terrorism financing.
He described the rule as "a big cover, a big umbrella, both internally and outside."
“They (Hamas-linked enterprises) obtained special treatment in bids, tax relief, and unlimited transfers to Hamas and Gaza,” said a task force member who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Hamas denied having ties to the Sudanese crackdown's enterprises and individuals, claiming that the seized assets belonged to Palestinian investors and entrepreneurs.