Ten convicted of violating ‘emergency measures’ in South Darfur

By IAfrica
In Sudan
Jul 24th, 2014

The Nyala Emergency Court, set up last week by the South Darfur State authorities as part of an “emergency measures package” to curb the rampant lawlessness in the state capital, has convicted ten people for violating the emergency orders.

On Wednesday, the Court sentenced ten men to prison for periods ranging between one month and three years. Their arms, ammunition, and motorcycles were confiscated, the Commissioner of Nyala locality, Abdel Rahman Hussein Gardud, said in a press statement on the same day.

In the statement, he announced that the possession, sale, and purchase of fireworks had been added to the list of contraband items under the new emergency measures.

The Court on Thursday will deal with cases against eight people accused of breaching the curfew in Nyala.

Maj. Gen. Adam Mahmoud Jarelnabi, the Governor of South Darfur State, on Monday announced the establishment of the Emergency Court in Nyala to deal with violators of the emergency orders issued last week. He also said that a special security committee was formed to control the roads on armed robbers.

The Governor confirmed that motorcycles have been banned in Nyala for the period of one month, “as it is an easy means to carry out crimes”. He stressed that the majority of the criminals are known to the security authorities. “Their names are registered in the police records.”

The Nyala locality Commissioner told the press on Monday that “six masked suspects in the possession of weapons had been arrested”. “The security forces also confiscated a Land Cruiser and 14 motorcycles inside Nyala.”

On 15 July, the South Darfur state authorities issued a number of “emergency measures”, in an attempt to combat the rampant insecurity in Nyala. Governor Jarelnabi ordered the strict control by security and police forces of vehicles riding in NSouth Darfur’s capital without number plates. Tinted glass windows are prohibited too. Motorcycles would be banned between 7 pm and 7 am.

The wearing of the “kadamool”, a turban-veil covering the face, has become strictly forbidden, as well as the carrying of weapons by “people in civilian clothes”. The firing of guns is prohibited “at all occasions”.

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Related: ‘Emergency measures’ to curb insecurity in South Darfur (16 July 2014)

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