The Sudanese Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt to the implementation of the decision to dissolve the Sudanese Bar Association (SBA) Steering Committee yesterday, after the SBA had submitted an appeal. The SBA called the original Supreme Court ruling “a political move”.
The decision, issued earlier by a Supreme Court judge, stipulates that the execution of the ruling may be suspended until a submitted appeal is decided upon so as not to create a vacuum in the work of the SBA which would harm the interests of lawyers.
The Steering Committee’s defense team had submitted an official appeal against the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the Steering Committee and to halt its activities at the end of December, lawyer and member of the defence team of the SBA Steering Committee Satee El Haj confirmed to Radio Dabanga.
“The battle to defend the Steering Committee takes place within several areas, including the legal, the media, and the political,” he said.
The Supreme Court earlier decided to suspend all activities of the SBA Steering Committee and prohibited its entire membership from taking part in any activity or work related to the association.
The Supreme Court said in a letter addressed to the chairman and members of the committee that the ruling comes “within the framework of precautionary measures to implement the decision of the competent department of the Supreme Court”.
“The Supreme Court ruling is mainly a political move with a legal cover in an attempt to return the employees of the former regime to power in the trade unions,” El Haj explained.
He ruled out the possibility that the SBA will be handed over to the affiliates of the defunct regime considering the appeals submitted.
El Haj called on “all supporters of democratic transition to rally around the SBA steering committee and prevent the remnants of the Al Bashir regime from returning to their posts”.
The current SBA appealed against the Supreme Court decree, issued on Oct 24, to reinstate the unions and federations that were dissolved by the now-disbanded Empowerment Removal Committee* in March 2019 and cancel all the procedures that resulted from ERC’s work, but the Appeals Committee rejected the appeal.