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JEM leaders' trial begins in Khartoum

October 18 - 2011 KHARTOUM

The movement says it is standing an unfair trial

The trial of Ibraham Almaz Deng, the vice president of the armed opposition group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), along with six other leaders of the movement began in Khartoum on Tuesday.The trial was held in front of a special court called Court of Terrorism Act No.1. Abraham Almaz Deng and six of his colleagues were arrested in West Darfur last year. They were charged under the criminal and anti-terrorism law.
Abdallah Hussein, Yahya Abakr Musa, Ibrahim Abdur Rahman Safi Al Nur and Muhammed Khameez Daoud are also standing trial in the special court alongside Deng.
JEM condemned the imprisonment of its leaders and described the court proceedings as unfair. Jibril Adam Bilal, spokesperson of the JEM, told Radio Dabanga that the trial violated all norms and international conventions of prisoner rights.

Memo for ICC
On the other hand, the JEM announced that it was preparing a memorandum to be submitted to the Internation Criminal Court (ICC) against the mobile tracking company Thuraya.
It accused the company of coordinating and cooperating with the Sudanese Air Force (SAF) by releasing information about the coordinates of JEM troops by intercepting its radio messages.
Jibril Adam Bilal told Radio Dabanga that the JEM had evidence of such coordination between government aircrafts and Thuraya.

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