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Released Darfur detainees 'forced to report daily'

January 16 - 2018 NIERTETI
A policeman in a police station in Darfur (Unamid)
A policeman in a police station in Darfur (Unamid)

Sudanese authorities have released more people whom had been detained in Nierteti, Central Darfur, since the beginning of this month. Several of them were forced to pledge not to leave Nierteti and report to the security offices daily.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Sudanese Military Intelligence has released several of the 25 detainees who have been placed under arrest for unknown reasons since January 6.

An activist in Nierteti told Radio Dabanga that on Sunday, the Sudanese security service forced ten of the released people to sign a pledge not to leave the town, and to report to their office at 12pm every day.

The Military Intelligence unit in Nierteti detained the 25 people, including a sheikh, in the past weeks. No reason was provided. Out of the 25 people who were detained, 13 were released on Wednesday.

A source told this station that one of the detainees, named Mohamed Abaker, was beaten severely. The reason, according to the source, was that Abaker had a photograph on his phone of Amin El Toro, a ex-rebel leader who had signed an internal peace agreement with the government.

The detentions coincided with searches for illegal weapons in Nierteti, where sources reported that soldiers beat fourteen people during a raid on 11 January. Two sheikhs were arrested at the time.

Nine detainees who are still held in the office of the security service are: Tijani Seifeldin, Ibna Mohamed, Abakar Mohamed, Adam Hamid, Ahmed Abdallah, Mohamed Ahmed, Abdelshafi Eisa, Ezeldin Hussein and Rashid Osman.

Kass detainees

In Kass in South Darfur, military intelligence arrested four people in Nama and handed them over to the office of the security service the same day.

The arrests followed a protest in Nama, against the army's construction of water toilets. Demonstrators claimed that digging such toilets would contaminate the area and thus harm human and animal health.

An activist in the area told Radio Dabanga that the military intelligence arrested Sheikh Musa Hamid Adam (60), Ali Sharafeldin Adam who is a teacher at the school in Nama, Salah Saleh Abdelrakim who is a higher secondary school student, and the displaced Abuhazeifa Yousif Adam (25).

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