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Sudan Military Council Appeals Court Ruling to Restore Internet

Sudan Military Council Appeals Court Ruling to Restore Internet

Monday, 15 July, 2019 - 11:00
Protesters celebrate in Sudan after the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir. (AFP)
Khartoum – Ahmed Younes

Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) asked the high court in Sudan to reverse its decision to restore internet services in the country, only days after the court ruled to restore them.

Last Tuesday, a Khartoum court ordered telecommunication companies to restore the internet services in the country, pending a decision on the lawsuit filed by the Sudanese Consumer Protection Society (SCPS).

SCPS Secretary General Yasir Mirghani told Asharq Al-Awsat that a person named Haydar Ahmed Abdallah had, within his capacity as the president’s legal adviser, filed an appeal with the Khartoum District Court, requesting the cancellation of the decision to return the services.

The TMC had ordered MTN and Zain telecommunication companies to block internet access to customers citing security concerns after demonstrators were violently dispersed on June 3 by men in military fatigues. They stormed a weeks-long protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum where Sudanese had camped to demand that the generals step down.

Mirghani said that the SCPS legal adviser objected to the appeal, citing the presidential vacuum in the country, asking Abdallah for proof of his identity.

Long-time President Omar al-Bashir was toppled by the military in April.

Military council spokesman General Shamseddine Kabbashi had deemed internet services as a threat to national security in Sudan, justifying the decision to block them.

The SCPS had filed a lawsuit at the Khartoum court against telecommunications companies for cutting the services without legal grounds.

In the light of the complaint, the judge issued an order to bring the services back. Telecommunications companies were quick to respond within a few hours of the order.

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