Human rights letter

The president of the Law Society, Tony Girling, has written an official letter of protest to Abdel Basset Sabdrat, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Sudan, over the detention of 13 lawyers who have neither been charged with any offence nor been tried. The 13 were arrested following unrest at the beginning of the year and have been held at Kober prison in Khartoum North. The letter adds the weight of the Law Society to protests made by the IBA last month. It states the Law Society is concerned about “the independence of the legal profession, the rule of law and human rights throughout the world”. Girling calls for the lawyers to be “released immediately or else charged with a recognisable criminal offence, offered access to legal counsel and a prompt and fair trial”.