New witnesses heard in case against Sudan’s opposition figures

A source says two witnesses appeared before the court and reportedly defended opposition leaders Faroug Abu Eisa and Dr Amin Mekki Madani, accused of instigating violence.

The Khartoum Bahri criminal court resumed hearing the prosecution's witnesses on Thursday in the trial of opposition leader Faroug Abu Eisa and human rights activist Dr Amin Mekki Madani. The sitting is adjourned to Monday.

Abu Eisa, aged 82, and Madani, 76, signed the Sudan Appeal document in Addis Ababa last year, and consequently were accused by the security apparatus upon their return to Khartoum of instigating violence against the state and undermining the country’s constitution. They have been detained since 6 December.

A source told Radio Tamazuj that two witnesses appeared before the court yesterday, including a perfume seller near the Sudan Human Rights Monitor in Khartoum, which was founded by Madani.

The presiding judge adjourned the session to next Monday. Last week, the court listened to witnesses from the security service.

Since the start of the trial against the two opposition figures on 23 February, two of the court sessions were accompanied by street protests.

(Source: Radio Tamazuj)