Sudan – 16 July 2015

Outrage as 9 Sudanese women face 40 lashes for wearing trousers
A Sudanese Christian woman arrested for wearing trousers has narrowly escaped the punishment of 40 lashes, in a case that human rights groups say is further damning evidence of the government’s intolerance to its Christian population.
Fardos Al Toum, 19, was arrested for indecency along with 11 other women in June in front of a church in Khartoum by the so-called morality police, who enforce the government’s strict codes, for appearing in public in trousers and skirts.
The Guardian

Sudanese military officer testifies in trial of two South Sudanese pastors
A Sudanese court on Tuesday listened to the testimony of a retired army officer in the case of two pastors from South Sudan who were charged with spying, espionage and inciting tribal sentiments.
The presiding Judge Ahmed Gabosh dismissed objections raised by the prosecutors over allowing Brigaider Abdelaziz Khalid to take the witness stand arguing that he is an opposition figure who is hostile to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) which brought the case against the two defendants.
Sudan Tribune

Al-Bashir, King Salman Discuss Prospects of Cooperation Between Two Countries and Developments in Regional and International Incidents
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, held Tuesday, at Safa Palace in Mecca, a meeting with his brother, the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omar Al-Bashir.
The meeting has reviewed the horizons of cooperation between the two countries as well as the developments in the regional and international arenas.
The meeting was attended from the Saudi side by his Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, the Crown Prince, the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, his Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the second Crown Prince, of the Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, the State Minister, the Saudi Cabinet member Dr. Masa’ad Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, the State Minister, the Saudi cabinet member Dr. Essam bin Saad Bin Saeed , the accompanying minister, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zeid Al-Terifi, and the Foreign Minister Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir