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Sudanese intelligence official sacked over remarks on abandoning Islamic laws

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March 21, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A prominent Sudanese intelligence official has been sacked from his position due to a widespread controversy over his remarks on the possibility of abandoning Islamic Shar’iah laws in the country if political parties come to consensus to that effect.

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Secretary-general of Sudan’s National Security Consultancy Lt-Gen Hassab Allah Omar Al-Almin (Al-Intibaha newspaper website)

Sudan’s National Security Consultancy, an advisory body established in 2009 under the directorship of the country’s former intelligence chief Salah Abdulla Gosh, announced at a late hour on Sunday that its secretary-general, Lieutenant-General Hassab Allah Omar Al-Almin, had been relieved from his duties effective immediately, expressing gratitude for the man’s efforts in service.

However, the consultancy failed to mention that the reason behind the decision is an increasingly hostile campaign waged against the man by a chorus of pro-government commentators and clerics who were angered by his suggestion in an interview with Sudan radio last week that the government might repeal Islamic Shari’ah laws if other political parties agreed to the move.

"If political parties agreed to repeal [Islamic] Shari’ah [law] then Shri3ah should go,” Hassab Allah reportedly said, triggering a sweeping wave of angry reactions despite his attempt to defend himself by saying that he was quoted out of context.

Lt-Gen Hassab Allah, a veteran intelligence officer who served in the security dockets since the Islamist government of President Al-Bashir seized power in a military coup in 1989, confirmed that he had received notification of his removal, saying he wishes the best of success for the rulers of the country.

Sources speaking to Sudan Tribune linked the sacking of Hassab Allah to a campaign orchestrated against him by Al-Tayyib Mustafa, the columnist and owner of the ultraconservative newspaper Al-Initbaha, and who is also the maternal uncle of Sudan’s President Al-Bashir.

Meanwhile, the committee of social affairs in the Sudanese parliament on Sunday summoned the sacked official and questioned him on the veracity of his statements.

The committee expressed reservation towards his statements and considered them as “controversial and strident,” saying it had received numerous objections to his statements.

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  • 22 March 2011 06:51, by Historical Boy!

    But did the remark amount to a crime?

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    • 22 March 2011 07:17, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      There is no wonder that loitering is playing part in your culture [special nuer]if your father is nyagat then you are defiantly a nyagat.shame like son like father. chaging colours like weather.running between like young baby running between his mum and dad. in and out confused like craze drunk old man.
      there will be a time to abandon your wrong doing and came back to your sane.

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      • 22 March 2011 10:40, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

        This arabs sometimes make laughters. I do not see the reason Lt. Gen Hassab Allah tried to deny his statement after being rightly quoted.

        Since he had served in the Sudanese Government and had especially dedicted his energetic time to be loyal to his master Bashir in NISS he should not have that fear that emboded him.

        He had saved ages, money and ranks compared to his master Bashir. The NCP does not respect people and it is good for people with short vision that suggestions or oppinions are not allowed in Bashir Government. The very moment you release any statement contrary to Bashir Government policy you face consequences like old man Gen Hassab. Gen. Hassab was lucky to be relieved without being canned or weep by Bashir.

        I would like to congratulate Hassab that you are lucky man to go home without being humilated. Give thank to your Allah. You buttocks are save and spared by Bashir.

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  • 22 March 2011 13:49, by Paul Ongee

    Lt-Gen. Hassab Allah Omer Al-Amin,

    I would like to say you’re lucky to be out of this political mess orchestrated by the National Criminal Party. The rest will see with their own eyes soon how the change will change them.

    I have no idea who is telling NCP that Sudan would be ruled by Sharia law that does not resonate with the modern free Islamic world? Islamic scholars are already changing their view on the issue of application of Sharia law regardless of different geopolitico.

    NCP is obviously living in the 20th Century where competitive interpretation of Qoran to govern Sudan was the order of the day. No. Not this time National Criminal Party. Learn how to tune up to the 21st Century.

    NCP needs to start packing up now not tomorrow of 2015. Listen carefully NCP; the upcoming change based on the "new world order" will change you to pack and go. Believe me or not.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoun, Sudan

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  • 23 March 2011 15:02, by Yoyo

    Not so fast guy,something behind the silent,i don’t think he’s lucky,just wait,and watch some thing is going to happen to him very soon,if i were him i would get out very soon,i think it’s a trick,and i believe this guy is not safe anymore

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