Sudanese opposition leaders prevented from travelling

Sudanese government prevents opposition leaders from going to Strasbourg

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Security officers barred opposition leaders whilst they wanted to leave the country to participate in the European Parliament hearing on Sudan in Strasbourg, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, AFP has reported.

The security officers seized the passports of Maryam el Mahdi and Mohamed Abdallah el Doma, co vice-presidents of the National Umma Party (NUP), Siddig Yousef, senior member of Sudanese Communist Party, and Fathi Nouri of the Baath Party at Khartoum Airport early on Monday morning

"The National Intelligence and Security Services prevented seven leaders from the Sudan Call force from travelling to France on Monday to take part in dialogue with parliamentary blocs in Strasbourg,” said Mariam al-Mahdi, deputy head of the opposition Umma Party.

"Our passports were confiscated and our luggage was unloaded from the plane," Mahdi said at a press conference.

Attorney of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) Farah el Agar and head of the Sudanese Congress Party Ibrahim el Sheikh were also banned from travelling on Saturday.  

Faroug Abu Eisa, chairman of the National Consensus Forces (NCF), a coalition of opposition parties, was not allowed to travel to Cairo for medical checks last Wednesday.

The travel ban was informed to be a political decision by the Sudanese government.

Before the elections, some opposition leaders were also arrested while they returned from Ethiopia. They were released only a few days before the elections were held.

TRTWorld and agencies