People shocked to see Suli ex-governor’s sentence quashed

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Dana Ahmed Majid

Dana Ahmed Majid

Dana Ahmed Majid, former governor of the city of Suli, was censored by the audit office and accused of corruption and wasting public money. Four of his assistants were jailed on related charges but he fled the country, perhaps wisely fearing he might meet the same fate as mayor Zana Hama Salih, who died mysteriously in custody in April 2012.

At the end of last month, the high court decided to sentence him, in his absence, to six years imprisonment. Last week, however, the court suddenly reversed its decision, quashed the sentence and issued a statement saying he is not guilty. Dana Ahmed Majid is back in the city of Suli and enjoying his freedom. Given that he is well-connected to the Gorran leadership, political observers were expecting a full statement from the party on this case. Gorran has always argued for the independence of the judiciary and there has been no explanation of why Dana Ahmed Majid should not even face a fair trial when his assistants are in jail. However, there has been no statement and, according to a local news report, Gorran intends to appoint Dana Ahmed Majid as a party spokesman.

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