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‘Darfuri rebel fighters languishing in Sudan’s prisons’: SLM-AW

November 14 - 2016 PARIS
Prisoners in Sudan (file photo)
Prisoners in Sudan (file photo)

About 35 Darfuri rebel fighters of the mainstream Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdelwahid El Nur (SLM-AW), are reportedly languishing in Sudanese prisons for years.

According to Mohamed Abdelrahman El Nair, spokesman for the SLM-AW Leadership Office, the imprisoned combatants “have been subjected to the worst kinds of torture, despite Sudanese laws and international conventions which prohibit the abuse of war prisoners”.

He told Radio Dabanga on Sunday that the SLM-AW members “were convicted in mock trials. A number of them were sentenced to death, while others were sentenced to at least ten years imprisonment”.

El Nair explained that since 2014, eight rebel combatants were sentenced to death by a military court at the headquarters of the Infantry 21st Division in Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur. “After their conviction, they were transferred to Kober Prison in Khartoum. From there, they were transported to Port Sudan, where they are awaiting their execution in the most appalling conditions.”

The rebel spokesmen urged “all lawyers in Sudan to express their solidarity with all political detainees and prisoners, by pressing for their release”.

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