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Lubna Hussein denied the right to leave the country

August 11, 2009

Lubna Hussein has written this on her Facebook pageabout an hour ago:

Yesterday in Khartoum Airport while i am leaving for Lebanon to participate in (MBC) television channel program i found myself blacklisted from leaving Sudan, although my lawyer Mr. Nabil told me that as i am on bail, i should be free to travel, to be bared from travel,a court would have to issue a specific order and i have the right to challenge that and this only applied for serious crimes unlike my case.

Looks like she has the authorities rattled. Please continue to give Lubna Hussein and her campaign all the publicity you can.

Update
Just found this article summing up the authority view:

August 10, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir pledged conformance to the Islamic Shari’a law in his country.

Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (Reuters) “Whoever thinks that the Ingaz [1989 Salvation revolution] will forsake religion is disillusioned” Al-Bashir told a rally in Ed-Damer town, South of Khartoum.

Al-Bashir said that his government’s oath to its martyrs is to “preserve the Shari’a law”. “We will not break our oath,” he said.

The remarks by the Sudanese president come at a time when international attention is turned to the case of a female journalist in Khartoum who faces up to 40 lashes as punishment under Islamic law for wearing “clothing causing harassment to the public sentiments,”.

The journalist, Lubna Hussein, who was wearing trousers at the time she was caught, said the law is an insult to Sudanese women and she wants it repealed.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy vowed in a public letter he wrote in response to a query from the leader of the French Communist Party, Marie-George Buffet, to support Hussein’s case, praising her courage.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also expressed “concern” over Hussein’s case.

Sudanese officials have criticized the media coverage of the case accusing unspecified parties of using it for political reasons.

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