April 25, 2019
About 100 Sudanese judges demanding civilian rule marched on Thursday from the Supreme Court in Khartoum towards an opposition sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, joining anti-government protests for the first time, a Reuters witness said.
Wearing their black robes, some of the judges carried signs reading “judges for change” as they marched through central Khartoum, the witness said.
“Civilian, civilian, protected by the judiciary”, they chanted.
Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition have been at loggerheads over how long it will take to move to civilian rule after the military removed Omar al-Bashir as president on April 11.
After ousting Bashir following months of protests against his 30-year rule, the military established the TMC to run Sudan for a period of up to two years.
Thursday’s march is the first by judges in Sudan since before Bashir took power in an Islamist-backed military coup in 1989.
“We demand reform of the judiciary until justice prevails and corruption is prosecuted,” appeals judge Abu al-Fattah Mohamed Othman told Reuters.
“We demand the removal of symbols of the former regime from the judiciary and the dismissal of the head of the judiciary to achieve justice.”