Home | News    Monday 11 March 2019

Opposition leader sentenced to one week in prison as Sudan’s protests continue

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi enters inside the NUP premises (AFP-Getty file photo)
March 10, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Police and security forces on Sunday have used teargas and batons to disperse hundreds of protesters in various areas of Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman.

Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that demonstrations erupted in the main market at downtown Omdurman as well as a number of neighbourhoods including Al-Abasia and Banat.

Also, security forces have arrested dozens of politicians and activists ahead of a rally that was intending to march to the National Assembly to hand over a memo rejecting the state of emergency.

Since early hours on Sunday, police and security forces cordoned off the headquarters of the National Umma Party (NUP) where the rally was supposed to start.

The same eyewitnesses said dozens of activists and politicians were arrested including the deputy chairman of the NUP Mariam al-Mahdi and her sister Rabah al-Mahdi.

The detainees were presented to emergency court where they were sentenced to varying prison terms and fines.

Mariam al-Mahdi has been sentenced to one week in prison and fined 2000 Sudanese pounds (about $30) and to serve two more weeks if she failed to pay the fine.

Al-Mahdi’s sentence is considered the first court ruling against a leading political figure since the imposition of the state of emergency last month.

In a WhatsApp message on Sunday, Mariam pointed to the court ruling, saying she wouldn’t pay the fine and will stay in jail for two more weeks.

Following the court ruling, the opposition leader has been transferred to the Women Prison in Omdurman.

On the other hand, her sister Rabah has been fined 500 pounds after admitting before the judge that she ululated in order to stir up the enthusiasm of the protesters.

The rest of the detainees have received varying punishments of imprisonment and fines.

Large protests have been ongoing across Sudanese cities since 19 December. The demonstrations first began over fuel shortages and a hike in food prices but have now morphed into full-fledged protests calling for al-Bashir to step down.

Sudanese continue to organise daily protests including demonstrations, sit-ins and meetings despite the emergency order and the brutal crackdown by the police, security forces and militiamen of the ruling National Congress Party.

Some 31 people were killed across the country according to the Sudanese authorities but activists and rights groups say the death toll is over 50 people.

President Omer al-Bashir on 22 February declared a one-year state of emergency and dissolved the federal and states governments appointing 18 militaries as governors of the states.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 11 March 10:51, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    This is the beginning of the end of Field Marshal Omer Hassan Ahmed El Bashir.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The fear of political reforms in South Sudan 2019-05-19 02:16:35 By Duop Chak Wuol In his Easter message, President Salva Kiir called on the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), Dr Riek Machar, to go to Juba to form a (...)

South Sudan: If only Pope Francis Knew… 2019-05-16 09:10:31 South Sudan: If only Pope Francis Knew… By Wesley Kosa On April, Pope Francis invited the South Sudanese parties for a spiritual retreat, to narrow the gap between them as they get closer to the (...)

Riek Machar has some questions to answer 2019-05-13 12:23:43 By Gordon Buay The Chairman of the SPLM/A-IO, Mr Riek Machar, has some questions to answer why members of his Movement are the organizers of the Facebook Red Card Movement. We thought that the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.