Document - Sudan: Further information: Sudanese prisoner of conscience released
Further information on UA: 84/12 Index: AFR 54/001/13 Sudan Date: 23 January 2012
SUDANESE PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED
Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko, who was arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) on 15 March 2012, was released from detention after a court hearing on 20 January.
Jalila Khamis Koko was arrested on 15 March 2012 by the NSS and was detained without charge for more than nine months. On 13 December, she was officially charged with five criminal counts; two fall under the category of crimes against the state, which carries the death penalty.
After a four-week trial, Jalila Khamis Koko was acquitted of all charges except those related to “spreading false news”, a vague provision of the criminal code often used by the government to silence dissent. It is punishable by six months’ imprisonment; however, she was released as she had already spent nine months in pre-trial detention.
Before she was arrested, Jalila Khamis Koko worked as a volunteer to provide humanitarian support to people who had fled their homes in Southern Kordofan. In June 2011, she appeared in a YouTube video in which she denounced the conditions in conflict-affected areas of Southern Kordofan and called for a ceasefire.
Jalila Khamis Koko is a member of the opposition party Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), which was banned by the Government of Sudan in September 2011. She is a member of the Nuba ethnic group from Southern Kordofan. The detention of Jalila Khamis Koko appears to be part of a pattern of detention of SPLM-N activists and intellectuals, as well as of people of Nuba descent.
Many thanks to all who sent appeals. No further action is required.
This is the third update of UA 84/12. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR54/052/2012/en
Name: Jalila Khamis Koko
Gender m/f: f
Further information on UA: 84/12 Index: AFR 54/001/13 Issue Date: 23 January 2013