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Parliamentary questions
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27 February 2017
Question for written answer E-001287-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Ian Hudghton (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Convictions in Sudan, 29 January 2017
 Answer in writing 

Constituents in Scotland have contacted me with their concerns over the status of Reverend Hassan Abduraheem, Mr Petr Jašek and Mr Abdulmonem Abdumawla who were sentenced to imprisonment by a judge in Khartoum, Sudan on 29 January 2017.

The case against the three individuals related to a request for medical assistance for a Darfuri man, Ali Omer, who suffered from severe burns following a student-led demonstration in 2013. Mr Abdumawla solicited funds from various organisations and Mr Jašek and Reverend Hassan organised a donation towards Mr Omer’s treatment.

Mr Jašek — an EU national — was sentenced to life imprisonment on grounds of espionage, six months in prison for propagating false news which sought to undermine the authority of the state, a fine of 100 000 Sudanese pounds (EUR 14 170) for undertaking NGO work without a permit and one year’s imprisonment for entering the country illegally. Reverend Hassan and Mr Abdumawla were each sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment on grounds of espionage, inciting hatred between sects, propagation of false news which sought to undermine the authority of the state and for abetting Mr Jašek(1).

In all three cases involving Mr Jašek, Mr Abdumawla and Reverend Hassan there has been no due process of law.

Is the VP/HR aware of the situation of these three individuals?


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