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Sudan Expected To Ban Coca-Cola

December 11, 1985

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) _ The government will soon order a Sudanese subsidiary of the U.S-based Coca- Cola Co. to stop selling the beverage in Sudan, Attorney General Omar Abdul- Attie said on Tuesday.

The ban would be in line with a 35-year-old Arab League decision to boycott companies doing business with Israel. Coca-Cola is on the boycott list of the 21-nation league, to which Sudan belongs.

Abdul-Attie said in a statement to the state-owned Sudan News Agency that the ban must first be approved by the Cabinet and later by the ruling Transitional Military Council, the highest executive and constitutional bodies in the country.

It was expected that both bodies would approve the ban and make Sudan’s policy on the Coca-Cola Co. consistent with Arab League policy.

The Transitional Military Council is headed by Gen. Abdul-Rahman Swareddahab, who overthrew President Gaafar Nimeiri in a bloodless coup last April 6.

A Khartoum court on Saturday sentenced Dr. Baha Eddin Mohammed Idris, former presidential affairs minister under Nimeiri, to at least 10 years in prison for economic and other offenses, including one related to Coca-Cola.

A charge upheld by the court was that Idris allowed Coca-Cola to resume operations in Sudan in 1983 in violation of Arab League rules.

The subsidiary, named the ″Arak Company For Food Industries,″ is owned by Ibrahim Talab, a Sudanese businessman. The company is still selling the beverage pending approval of the ban.

Sudan, the largest country in Africa, is in the northeastern part of the continent.

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