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Sudan security again prevents NUP leader from travelling

October 11 - 2017 KHARTOUM
Dr Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi, the Co-President of the National Umma Party (NUP) (File photo
Dr Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi, the Co-President of the National Umma Party (NUP) (File photo

The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on Tuesday prevented Dr Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi, the Co-President of the National Umma Party (NUP) from traveling from Khartoum to attend the Revolutionary Front conference in Paris.

This is the second time this week that the NISS has banned Dr El Mahdi from travelling. On Monday evening, she was prevented from traveling to Cairo attend a meeting with Sudanese rebel and opposition figures.

On that occasion, Dr El Mahdi told Radio Dabanga that said she would file a constitutional suit against the NISS which prevented her travels, and would try again on to attend the Paris meetings of the Sudan Revolutionary Front which are led by Jibril Ibrahim, on 12 October.”

On Tuesday, Dr El Mahdi told Radio Dabanga that the head of the airport patrol told her “with all arrogance, lacking politeness and professionalism,” that they can ban her from traveling for nothing if they like.

The head of the NUP, El Sadig El Mahdi, denounced the security services’ banning of Dr Maryam El Sadig from traveling to attend the Revolutionary Front conference in Paris.

He said that the party is in the process of filing a constitutional complaint against what he called repression.

He called on the national media and lawyers to stand with the party.

‘Ongoing ban’

On Tuesday the political forces and civil society organisations such as the Justice and Equality Movement and the Democratic Coalition of Lawyers condemned the Sudanese Congress Party for the security apparatus’ ongoing ban on opponents and activists from leaving the country.

The Sudanese Congress Party condemned in a statement banning Dr El Sadig from leaving the country through the security apparatus without judicial order or giving reasons.

On Thursday the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said in a statement that the ban on Dr. Mariam is a blatant attack on freedom of travel and movement, a flagrant violation of the Constitution and contrary to human rights.

The Freedoms Committee of the Democratic Coalition of Lawyers expressed in a statement grudge at the lack of respect for the Constitution and its multiple violations.

Lawyer Sati El Haj said in a statement in the name of the committee that the ban on travel makes the citizen live in a big prison where his pride too is imprisoned.


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