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Emergency Lawyers: ‘Sudan authorities responsible for kidnapping of missing activist’

August 4 - 2022 KHARTOUM
Missing activist, Musab Ahmed ‘Sanjo’ (Photo: Social Media)
Missing activist, Musab Ahmed ‘Sanjo’ (Photo: Social Media)

Sudan’s Emergency Lawyers have expressed their concern over the disappearance of Musab Ahmed ‘Sanjo’ (29), who was kidnapped by a group of men wearing civilian clothes after the morning prayers at 5:00 on Tuesday.

The Emergency Lawyers began a search campaign alongside Musab’s family and friends, as well as the Missing Persons Initiative. Those looking for ‘Sanjo’ searched police stations and places of detention; his whereabouts is still unknown, and a criminal report was filed after the unsuccessful search attempts.

Before his disappearance, Musab was receiving treatment for a health problem and was due to undergo surgery in Cairo.

The Emergency Lawyers stated that they “hold the security authorities responsible for Musab's disappearance, and stress that this falls under enforced disappearance”.

Release of Seifelislam Mohamed

The Khartoum Criminal Court has decided to withdraw the criminal case against Seifelislam Mohamed and two other young men. They were released immediately, due to the courts ruling pertaining to Article 141 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure yesterday.

He was greeted by friends and family upon his release and appears to be in a better state of health than previously, following reports to Radio Dabanga that he was “suffering from abdominal pain and fever”, citing Sudan’s Emergency Lawyers.

Mohamed was held in Khartoum on May 5. He was subjected to heavy beatings in detention, and as a result, suffered from blurred vision, pain in the abdomen and urinary tracts, uncontrollable shivering all over his body, and frequent fainting.

The young man and two others were accused of damaging a police vehicle. Mohamed was detained without providing sufficient evidence for the charge. Lawyers were not allowed to see him until 15 days after he was held.

He was transferred to a hospital on July 5. The doctors wanted to keep him, but the authorities refused his stay in the hospital and impeded the conduct of medical examinations.


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