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Judges on strike in Sudan

March 26 - 2020 KHARTOUM
Sudan's Chief Justice Nemat Abdallah Kheir, appointed in October 2019 (Social media)
Sudan's Chief Justice Nemat Abdallah Kheir, appointed in October 2019 (Social media)

On Wednesday, judges in various parts of Sudan laid down their tools in protest against an assault on a judge in eastern Sudan’s El Gedaref.

On Tuesday afternoon, two army lieutenants attacked a judge of the El Faw Court at a fuel station in El Gedaref.

The next morning, Chief Justice Nemat Abdallah Kheir instructed all judges to immediately stop working until further notice.

In the directive sent to the judges, she described the violent incident as “shocking.

“It constitutes a flagrant violation of constitutional and legal principles, and the prestige of the judiciary,” she stated. “An assault on a judge means an assault on the entire judiciary in the country.

“The violent incident represents a dividing line between the violations that occurred in former years and the duty to take measures in order to preserve the judiciary's prestige and respect,” the chief justice added. “Independence and prestige of the judiciary are among the issues that constitute the basic foundations for the future of justice in the country.”

The case has been submitted to the Sovereign Council that is to take the appropriate measures.


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