16 August 2012

Sudan: Govt Arrests an Activist After Being Acquitted Due to Charges of Participating in Peaceful Protests

press release

ANHRI condemns the Sudanese security forces re-arresting of the Sudanese activist "Radwan Yakoub Dawood", on the 13th of this August. He was arrested after finishing the procedures of his release after a decree of his acquittal was issued and the charges were dropped. He was arrested due to the help he provided during the organizing in the demonstrations erupted in Sudan completing the Arab spring.

The Sudanese arrested him due to participation in the demonstrations in the Sudan. The Sudanese security forces alleged that he poured the gas on the old tires to burn it in addition to possessing a gas can to be used against the security forces.

He was arrested immediately as he was accused of traffic disrupting and threating the public safety, during the demonstrations launched from the Khartoum in July 16, 2012 to denouncing "Bahsir's rule". In particular, after he took some decisions led to the rise of the prices especially the petroleum products and the increase of tax.

The Sudanese judiciary ordered of releasing him after the duration he stayed in jail since July 3, 2012, in accordance with Article no. 19 explained in article no. 20, which stipulates that the start on acting not the conduct of the act.

The order stipulated that the court view that the duration he stayed in Jail is enough and fine him of 500 Sudanese Pound (100 USD) after being convicted in accordance with article no. 69 of the Sudanese criminal law due to violation the public safety. The court acquitted him for the insufficiency of the evidences from another charge, which is the start of forming a terrorism cell, in which he could be imprisoned for 10 years.

In a unique scene which deemed to be a serious violation to the judicial authority and asserts the police nature of the regime, the security forces threatened him of not releasing him even if the court allows him to. The forces arrested the Captain "El-Tayb Abdul-rahman" and took him to a security building without specific charges to re-arrest him again. The security forces are authorized to arrest a citizen without any any specific charges in accordance to the criminal and civil laws, as the emergency law, of bad reputation, as well as the inhuman security law which allow the security forces to arrest an individual without specific reasons.

ANHRI said "the arrest of "Radwan" after his release and without charges is a new series of the violations, conducts by the police forces, against the public and personal freedoms, which continue before the protesters which severely escalated after the start of the demonstrations calling for the end of "Bashir" rule.

ANHRI expresses its resentment of the continuing arrest against the activists due to false charges, and its insistence of enforcing the emergency law and its inhuman procedures. ANHRI added that the police should immediately release "Radwan", guarantee his safety and not legally prosecute him with false charges.

ANHRI called the Sudanese authority to terminate using the emergency law which proved its failure to achieve security and stability in all the countries that enforced it. It also warns from using the security solutions against the peaceful demonstrations and the legitimate people calls, especially after the fail of the security soultions with the neighbors in the Arab region.

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