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Sudan arrests Islamist leader ahead of protests against liberal reforms

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July 15, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese authorities on Tuesday arrested the leader of a radical group two days before protests organized by several Islamist organisations to express their rejection of the government’s amendments to the Criminal Code and other laws.

Moamed al-Gizouli’The State of Law and Development in Sudan’ said in a statement received by "Sudan Tribune", on Wednesday that " the Military Intelligence Service has arrested the party’s leader, Mohamed Ali Aljezouli." on Tuesday night.

Aljazouli is widely seen as a hard-line preacher used to spread extremist views in his Friday sermon. Also, he publicly supported the Islamic State (ISIS) during its early days, and had established an organization called "One Nation Group".

The radical group said that the arrest of its leader came as part of a campaign to "silence mouths and block the other opinion". Further, it accused the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) of censoring the critical voices of the opposition.

The group further renewed its rejection of the amendments recently made by the transitional government in a number of laws, including the criminal law, saying it "detracts from Islamic legislation".

The statement said they plan to hold demonstrations against the amendments after Friday prayers to transform it to the "Friday of mosques’ anger."

The National Congress Party of the ousted President Omer al-Bashir announced the organisation of a protest on Thursday to express their rejection of the amendments.

The National Security Council, on Wednesday, reaffirmed the constitutional right to freedom of peaceful expression and assembly and took a number of security measures including deployment of additional troops in the capital and closure of some streets and bridges.

The recent amendments to the Criminal Code permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol, abolish apostasy and punished the takfir or declaring a fellow Muslim guilty of apostasy.

Furthermore, the amendments criminalize female genital mutilation (FGM) and give women the rights to travel with their children without the need for a permit from her husband or male members of their families.

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  • 16 July 20:10, by Mayendit

    The National Congress Party and their Islamic allies are singing in Khartoum. First of all, drinking alcohol is not a crime, because the whole world are consuming and their health, development and the rules of law have not stopped. The supporters of Islamic extremists must understand that, the world doesn’t wanted them period. Islamic extremists have become a terrorist organization and must be eli

  • 16 July 20:19, by Mayendit

    Any so called Islamic extremists organization must be eliminated because they are dangerous. Look the years Sudanese people fighting themselves and there were no Democracy system and there was no development either. The new government in Sudan must deal with Pro National Congress party properly. The introduction of Islamic Sharia law in Sudan had led to the killings of millions people in the Sudan

    • 17 July 12:45, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      At least Sudanese have come to their senses. South Sudan wouldn’t have separated if the Criminal Laws of 1974 were not repealed by Jaafar Mohammed Nimeiry who replaced the 1974 Code of Criminal Procedure with Sharia Law commonly known as September Laws. Bravo forces of Freedom and Change.



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