Sudan declares state of emergency on South border (03/05/2012)
Sudan declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan on Sunday after month-long border clashes, as four foreigners allegedly arrested in the Heglig oil region remained in custody. President Omar al-Bashir issued a resolution declaring the emergency in the border states of South Kordofan, White Nile and Sennar, the official SUNA news agency said. Other parts of the border were already under a state of emergency. The measure suspends the constitution and imposes a trade embargo against the South. Bashir's resolution "gives the right to the president and anyone with his mandate" to establish special courts, in consultation with the chief justice, SUNA said. The courts will handle criminal and "terrorist" cases, it added.