Nabil Adeeb, the human rights lawyer and legal expert who was instrumental in brokering the deal between the 25th October coup leaders and the recently reinstalled Prime Minster Abdallah Hamdok, believes that the latter will be able to form his own government uninterrupted, and that the release of political prisoners has neared.
AlTaghyeer: Amal Muhammad al-Hassan
Legal expert Nabil Adeeb – one of the key players responsible for the Sunday agreement between the putschists and Abdallah Hamdok – defended the deal as a way of maintaining the constitutional status quo by adopting the constitutional document as a legal reference for the constitutional period.
“It was agreed that no amendment was to be taken unilaterally,” Adeeb said.
Adeeb revealed to “AlTaghyeer” that the release of political prisoners was nearing, and due “perhaps on Wednesday (as of the moment of writing this, Thursday, no news of any release have surfaced).
The human rights lawyer remarked that any person being accused of a crime must be delivered to competent bodies for processing.
“All those who have been apprehended due to their political opinions or activities will be released,” he revealed, stating that their apprehension in the first place was a breach of the constitutional document.
Nabil Adeeb also revealed the necessity of finalizing the transitional authority structures, on top of which the legislative council to supervise executive functions.
All civil society institutes, unions, political forces – according to Adeeb – must take part in the formation of the legislative council.
“It is assumed that a new political pact will be issued that will bring together all these groups,” the legal expert told AlTaghyeer.
He stressed that the Prime Minister will form his government unilaterally, adding that Hamdok will have the privilege to “consult whoever wants to do so.”
Adeeb did not rule out reviewing the recent appointments of the Sovereign Council, which he described as “flabby.”
“Why should there be 14 members in the Sovereign Council?”
He described the civilian choices made by the military component as unacceptable to the Sudanese street.
Freedom Forces Coalition’s Participation
On the participation of the Forces of Freedom and Change in government appointments, the legal expert stressed that political components do not usually have constitutional powers in appointment.
He explained that the authority granted to it through the constitutional document was temporary and ends with the formation of the Legislative Council, which is entrusted with choosing the Prime Minister.
“In the end, it is the Legislative Council that will amend the constitutional document,” he added.
Adeeb denounced the dismissal of the Chief Justice, Neamat Abdullah, earlier, stressing the unconstitutionality of the decision, and reminding of the importance of completing the judicial apparatus, saying that “we cannot secure an authority that is not subject to the judiciary.”
“Now, people must agree on appointing a chief justice and a public prosecutor so that justice matters can go well.”
The legal expert also told AlTaghyeer added that the appointments should be made from within the judicial bodies.
An agreement was reached between the head of the coup council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok last Sunday, November 21, according to which, Hamdok was allowed to return to his office, and the constitutional document was adopted as a reference for the transitional period.
The agreement was widely rejected by the political forces, resistance committees, activists, the Sudanese revolutionary forces and public.