Sudan’s Deputy Chief Justice has denounced “ongoing arbitrary arrests” by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

“The security apparatus should not be left to do whatever it wants,” said Justice Abdulmajid Idris, who also criticised long periods of detention without trial.

The NISS has been involved in the arrest of a number of Christians, including one church leader who is still in prison, Rev. Hassan Taour, where he has been held alongside another man, Abdulmonem Abdumawla, since December 2015.

They remain in jail, despite the release last weekend of a Czech Christian aid worker who was arrested alongside them, and another pastor, who was released in January.

Advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide said their case “further illustrates the politicisation of the criminal justice system by the NISS, which, under the pretext of investigating national security crimes, has brought charges against members of the political opposition, human rights defenders and leaders of minority religions, as occurred in the case of Reverends Yat Michael and Peter Yen in 2015”.

Source: Radio Dabanga