Title: Sudanese journalistâ€™s family appeals to Parliament for his release
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 10-28-2014, 03:44 PM
SudaneseOnline-The journalist's family al-Nour Ahmed al-Nour has complained to the National Assembly at his arrest by National Intelligence and Security Forces (NISS) on Thursday.
The parliamentary sub-committee on information, Afaf Tawur, told Al-Rai Al-Aâ€™am newspaper on Monday that journalist's wife and children explained to her sub-committee verbally the journalistâ€™s case and told her that (NISS) refused to let them meet his, adding that her sub-committee has asked the family to file an official complaint to investigate the case, pointing out that the journalistâ€™s family is concerned and does not know his place.
â€śWe want to know at least where he is to move and reassure his familyâ€ť. She indicated that the family has a permission from prosecutors to meet him, stressing that his family and lawyer have the right to know his place, refusing the secret detention.
â€śThere is no reason to be hidden even if there is a political or criminal case filed against him. I call on the concerned authorities to follow peaceful means to deal with the journalist in any case â€śTawur said.
In the same context, dozens of journalists protested on Monday in front of the National Council for Press and Publicationsâ€™ (NCPP) headquarters in Khartoum in solidarity with the journalist
The journalists held banners calling for a free press, while other banners held by the journalistsâ€™ family and his neighbors demanded the president Al-Bashir to order al-Nourâ€™s immediate release.
Secretary General of the National Council for Press and Publicationsâ€™ (NCPP) l, Ali Mohamed Shomo, vowed to contact the NISS to release al-Nour, underscoring the issue must be dealt with as publication case.
Al-Nour is the correspondent for the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper in Khartoum and a columnist at Al-Taqyeer newspaper.
The NISS alleges that al-Nour is responsible for publishing a false report, saying that president Omer Hassan al-Bashir issued a decision to merge electricity companies following reports on their poor performance.