On Thursday October 10, 2013, the novelist Rania Mamoun along with her brother, Al Sheikh and her sister, Arfa will stand trial at 9 a.m. at Wad Madani’s criminal court. They are charged with “inciting riots” as a result of their participation in a peaceful protest in Wad Madani on September 23, when they were arrested and detained for 24 hours without allowing them to go to the hospital or see a doctor, although Al Sheikh was bleeding and lost consciousness.
GIRIFNA urges the public to show solidarity to Mamoun and her siblings by attending their trial on Thursday morning.
|40 women protested on Oct. 10 in front of the criminal court in Nile Street, Wad Madani, during the trial of Rania Mamoun and others. The trial is now delayed until Oct. 23.|
Mamoun told GIRIFNA that her trial is not the only one and that group/collective trials of peaceful protesters are ongoing in Madani with at least 45 persons having faced trial up until today; with publishments ranging from paying a bail to flogging or imprisonment. And with charges ranging from “vandalism” to “disrupting the public peace” and/or ” inciting riots”.
Some of those facing trial are minors less than 18 years of age, and have been referred to the Juvenile court. A lawyer, who prefered to stay anonymous, told GIRIFNA that she alone was defending seven minors or children, and she believes there are many more. She also mentioned that judges are often misleading the lawyers by either changing the location of trials at the last moment or not giving clear information about the time and location of trials.
The trial of Rania Mamoun, her siblings and others was delayed to October 23. There was a large number of people attending including 40 women activists who organized a stand with banners on Nile street in front of the court.