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Darfur students still detained in Sudan capital

December 23 - 2015 OMDURMAN
The Holy Koran University in Omdurman on 12 November 2015 (photo by a student)
The Holy Koran University in Omdurman on 12 November 2015 (photo by a student)

The relatives of Darfuri students at the Holy Koran University in Omdurman detained by security agents in November complain of the delay in transferring their papers for trial or release.

“The university exams are approaching,” a relative of one of the students told Radio Dabanga. “If the students are not released before the exams, the consequences will be disastrous.”

He said that that their lawyers have asked the prosecution offices of Omdurman North to drop the charges against the students for lack of evidence. “However the security service is procrastinating. They have not submitted the papers to the prosecution so far.”

The detained students are Nasreldin Mukhtar, Head of the Darfur Students Association branch of the Holy Koran University, Musab Osman El Amoudi, Abdelhakim Mohamed Abdallah, El Zubeir Hassan, Hafiz Abdelrahman Abakar, Adam Mohamed Omar and Mohamed Abdelatif El Sababi.

The students were detained after clashes broke out at the campus in November over the administration's insistence that Darfur students pay tuition and exam fees. According to the 2011 Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, students from the conflict-torn western region are exempted from university fees.


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