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Sudanese security officer slammed for remarks on Islamic Shari’ah law


March 15, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A senior Sudanese security officer has been facing a barrage of criticism after he suggested in a radio interview last week that the government may repeal Islamic Shari’ah laws if other political parties agreed to it, in a case highlighting the sensitivity surrounding the issue of Islamic laws in the predominantly Muslim society of northern Sudan.

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Secretary-general of Sudan’s Presidential Security Consultancy (website of Sudanese daily newspaper Akhir Lahzah)

Lieutenant General Hassab Allah Omar, a veteran security and intelligence officer who currently serves as the secretary-general of Sudan’s Presidential Security Consultancy, opened a Pandora box of furious reactions when he said in an interview broadcast on Friday by Sudan national radio that “If political parties agreed to repeal [Islamic] Shari’ah [law] then Shri3ah should go.”

A host of Islamist writers and pro-government stalwarts unsheathed their pens in the local press to vilify Hassab Allah for his statements. The campaign further escalated when the presidential adviser and head of Sudan’s Islamic Jurisprudence Council, Ahmad Ali al-Imam, joined Hassab Allah’s detractors.

Al-Imam said that the officer’s statements were antithetical to the government’s avowed commitment to Shari’ah laws as declared by the President Al-Bashir.

“These statements reflect negatively on the credibility of the Inqaz [the original alias of President Al-Bashir’s government]…whoever delivers such statement should be held accountable on individual basis,” Al-Imam said.

Sudan’s president Omar Al-Bashir declared in December of last year that the country would amend its constitution to transform itself into an Islamic state following the secession of the predominantly-Christian south which voted to split from the north in a referendum later in January.

The Association of Muslim Scholars, which is the state’s official clerical authority, also issued a statement strongly criticizing the statements of Hassab Allah and calling him “Hassab of the devil.”

Hassab Allah, who appeared this week in a press conference saying his statements were “wrenched out of context”, has been serving in the security and intelligence dockets since the current Islamist government of President Al-Bashir seized power in a military coup in 1989.

He was closely involved in coordinating the extradition of the Venezuelan militant known as Carlos the Jackal in 1994 from Sudan to France where he also served for two years as a diplomat in the late 1990s. He was also involved in secret cooperation with American Intelligence CIA in the past.

On the other hand, the Presidential Security Consultancy which is directed by Sudan’s former intelligence Chief Salah Gosh issued a statement reacting to the criticism against its secretary-general. It said that the statements of its secretary-general were not accurately reported and that the real meaning was the impossibility of repealing Islamic laws.


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  • 16 March 2011 09:01, by VETERAN-2000

    LT. General,

    I think you will be the next victim to face prosecution about your statement. NCP does not accept a right thing to be said or done.

    Pray your God to receive your life in Heaven for Am sure that Bashir will definitely order you to court of law for clarification and if found gulity then tht will mark the end of you.

    You have not said anything wrong, but you know the righteous some times become the victims of their novel actions.

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  • 16 March 2011 10:23, by Wei Deng

    Please Uncle your name is not in the list of ICC but through the speech you made, you will soon find yours incorporated sooner. Be carefull of Bashier plan in Sudan; He does not want to dye alone but wants to emroild all his cliques in the problem. Think wisely Uncle!

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  • 16 March 2011 14:22, by Jamuz3 BARECH

    Dear Hassab Allah Omar,

    You are precisely right but, who will agree true statement in Sudan because Umaar Bashir gvt never want frnakly speaking publically like the way you did?. Die for right but, it is too late for you to release such statement after splited out of South. So keep your rigid gvt and religion with you in the NORTH.Why do your politicians dislike it and it was the special tool Khartoum gvt used to kills southerners by deceiving Darfurian,Beja peopel,funjkingdom and Nubian that the objectives of the war between N & S is related to religion?????. So keep your shariah law plus useless (Islam & doctrines) religion of bloodshed and destruction of life every where.Shariah must continues --------------------.Why do Northerners want to quit it???????????????????????.Shariah law is connected to Jahid.killing of innocent people of Darfur by event terrorist from Afghanistan and others. More evidence are availed somewhere.It is good enough to releaze you weakkness/bad governance.Mistreat your people and ICC will mistreat u.
    Thanks for statement to you brother omer Bashir Gvt.

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    • 16 March 2011 19:45, by sid balad

      I wonder if we will continue to read such news in sudantribune ? Such news is now called Sudan internal affair news. Something we hope the splm will stop interfering in so that we dont have a problem !!
      Unless u want to hand over sudantribune to SPLM northern Sector and claim its now not interference .
      I hope the "intelligent one" they call will be wise soon before its too late.
      Change that name sudantribune because it represent southsudan and not sudan.
      I think that would be fair, but will pagan and followers think so?
      definitely NO, and therefore unfair and therefore NO deal.
      suit yourself !! Just dont come complaining later please.
      I think both countries now need to get over their past and open a new chapter for the good of everyone including you, dont u think ?
      If German and France realized that then so should we. Now u can start doing that by listen to what everyone is telling u to do to get things moving again.
      Negotiate on outstanding issues quickly so that by June we can sell your lovely home in khartoum and finance the party. Drinks on me !!

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  • 16 March 2011 21:43, by Idris

    Death to the perpetrator, all the NCP, anyone who killing the innocent people, inshyalah all Go to Fire. No mercy and their ending in this life will be so bad just like Saddam....etc

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  • 17 March 2011 01:34, by Deng E. Manyuon

    This is very interseting comment from L.G. Hassab-Allah Omar. Is it not too late Mr Hassab-Allah?


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  • 17 March 2011 06:29, by Redbull Geo

    He he heeee.

    The bible already said it. "Kingdom will turn against Kingdom, father vs son etc"
    Now that the man slammed for his remarks on Islamic Shari’ah is an Arab, he speaps arabic language, and is a muslim under shari’ah law yet a member of NCP. Why does this man try to die now? how can he not fear the Vampire’s statement on sharieh?

    May be he is a mathematician, he has been adding those cursed name and the result too have not been good.
    Let us see:
    An arab+arabic language+islam+shariah+NCP=Terrorism+suicide

    In this way, mr. remarker on shariah should take good care otherwise we don’t want even those who talk in expectant of SPLM’s voice. No more confusion, no more deceit or no tricks!!!

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