Court orders Zain to restore internet access in Sudan
A Sudanese court has ordered mobile operator Zain Sudan to restore internet services, after access was cut off earlier this month when security forces dispersed protesters in central Khartoum. Reuters reports that Abdel-Adheem Hassan, a lawyer who filed his own case against Zain Sudan over the military-ordered blackout, said that the Khartoum District Court had ordered the Kuwaiti-owned cellco to ‘immediately restore internet services to the country’. Hassan said a Zain representative had told the court in response to the petition that the company had been ordered verbally by ‘high authorities’ to cut the internet, while an unnamed source at Zain told Reuters that the telecoms regulator had ordered the outage and demanded that they be added as a party to the case in an appeal.
Sudan’s military removed long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir from office in April after months of protests and unrest. Protesters have been demanding that the authorities restore internet services as one of their conditions for returning to talks on forming a transitional administration comprising both civilians and military officers.