Lubna Hussein jailed, then released


by Rumbold
8th September, 2009 at 9:43 pm    

Nesrine Malik has the story:

“According to Najlaa Al Maahi, one of Hussein’s legal team, with whom I spoke after the trial, the proceedings were hastily conducted and the defence was not allowed to make its case. The general sentiment was that the guilty verdict and the sentence, a fine of £130, had been decided in advance and the trial was merely a formality. The goal apparently was to tar Hussein as indecent but not resort to lashing. This would leave the case against her intact, but not enact a brutal punishment while the world watched. Government supporters were hailing her conviction as a victory while their opponents saw the fine as a climb-down from the initial penalty of flogging, one which Hussein would have endured had she not challenged those who detained her.”

A very brave woman, who could have avoided a trial but decided to face her tormentors in order to put pressure on them.

Update: Cath Elliot points out in the comments that Lubna Hussein has had her fine paid, so will be released. I wonder if she is happy about that.


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  1. Cath Elliott — on 8th September, 2009 at 9:51 pm  

    The story’s now moved on a bit Rumbold. Lubna Hussein was freed earlier today, after the Sudanese journalist union paid off her fine against her wishes. She now intends to appeal the judge’s decision and to continue to fight for a change in the law.

  2. Harold — on 9th September, 2009 at 10:17 am  

    Why did they do that then?

  3. damon — on 9th September, 2009 at 8:29 pm  

    Does this kind of backwardness have much support from the man in the Khartoum street?
    Or is it a total embarassment to most people?

    It would be interesing to be in the cafes when this story came up on the TV news and to hear the views given by the people there.

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