Sudanese Family Urge Military Leaders to Free Detainee

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Sudan - Soba Prison

Mohammed Mustafa has been held in Soba prison for more than a month without being charged with an offense. The 19-year-old’s mother, Zahra Abduwahab, said she could not celebrate Eid al-Fitr knowing her son was suffering in prison. Sudan is unlikely to release most detainees anytime soon.

KHARTOUM May 3: Like dozens of other Sudanese who were members of resistance committees, Mohammed Mustafa has been held in Soba prison for more than a month without being charged with an offense.

The 19-year-old’s mother, Zahra Abduwahab, said she could not celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday knowing her son was suffering in prison.

“We saw his name on the list of prisoners and we continued to take food and clothes for him, but they never allowed us to see him,” Abduwahab told VOA News. “I tried to talk to them to allow me to just see him so I can be sure that he is safe and healthy, but they refused.”

Resistance committees are informal, grassroots neighborhood networks of Sudanese residents that began organizing civil disobedience campaigns against the government of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2013. They played a key role in the Sudanese revolution.

Security officers arrested Mustafa on March 31. Since then, the family has not been allowed to speak to him, Abdulwahab said. She said family members saw his name on a list of prisoners.

Since last October’s military coup led by the coup maker Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, hundreds of pro-democracy activists and members of the resistance committee have been arrested and detained. So far, none has been charged in a court of law.

Sudan is unlikely to release most detainees anytime soon, said Jihad Mashamoun, a Sudanese political analyst and honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

Source: Voa News

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