The Darfur Bar Association (DBA) has welcomed the Presidential decree on the release of all political prisoners, noting that “its worth is related to the extent the decree is implemented by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)”.
Lawyers Ibrahim Ali Radi, Abdel Aziz El Tom, Abdel Munim Mohamed Adam, and youth leaders, Ibrahim Saleh Ibrahim (Guevara), Mohamed Idris Jidu, Mohamed Salah Mohamed, and Ghazi El Rayeh were released this week, Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, the chairman of the DBA told Radio Dabanga.
Yet, El Doma also pointed to “the failure of the NISS to release all political detainees”. “There are still dozens of activists detained by the security, among them Abbas Bashir Adam, an Islamic University student, arrested on 27 November 2013; Mohamed Adam Juma, student at the University of the Holy Quran, arrested on 28 November 2013; Salah Eldin Abdallah Haroun, student at the Ahlia University, captured on 1 December, and blogger Tajeldin Arja, detained on 24 December 2013.”
El Doma said that the DBA is monitoring all prisoners and detainees who deserve to be released under the recent Presidential decree. “If the NISS fails, circumvents, or procrastinates in the enforcement of the decree, the DBA will address the Presidency directly.”
File photo: Arrested demonstrators within premises of the Sudanese security, Khartoum, September 2013 (archive Radio Dabanga)