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KHARTOUM - 26 Oct 2012

Renewed call to free Blue Nile detainees

The Sudanese Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms has renewed its call to Sudanese authorities to free 113 SPLM-N detainees imprisoned in Sennar, Sinja and Roseires who were arrested since the eruption of conflict in Blue Nile state in September last year. The organization says they should either be released immediately or arraigned before a competent court to face trial.

The Chief Defence Lawyer of the Organisation, Mr. Tigani Hassan, told Radio Tamazuj that he has met the Solicitor General in the Ministry of Justice and presented the defence papers of the accused to him. 

He stressed that he asked the the government to either release the accused or present to court since they have spent one year in prisons without seeing a judge.

Hassan said that the the Legal Consultant of the Minister of Justice has pledged to them that he will arrange for a meeting between the defence team of the accused and the Minister after the Eid Al-Adha celebrations to discuss the issue of the accused.

Earlier a delegation  of the defence team visited Sennar several times to meet with the accused, the prosecutor, and the Blue Nile State Solicitor who pledged to arrange a meeting with the Minister of Justice.