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Released Darfur lawyer tells of NISS torture

April 19 - 2019 NYALA / KHARTOUM
Detention cell in Sudan (file photo)
Detention cell in Sudan (file photo)

Darfur lawyer Salah Adam has claimed that he was subjected to torture in the cells of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in the South Darfur capital of Nyala, causing him to lapse into amnesia.

On Wednesday, Adam, who was arrested in February, was speaking at a press conference organised by Darfuri activists in Khartoum about Darfuri political detainees and prisoners of war. He said that he spent five days in under torture in the security cells of Nyala until he collapsed and lost his memory before he was moved to the infamous NISS premises “near the Shendi bus station” in Khartoum North.

He demanded that Colonel Ibrahim Taha, the deputy director of the security apparatus of South Darfur to be brought to justice for torture and others and his refusal to let him be medically treated.

Adam added that he was jailed with the Darfuri students who had been detained from El Doroshab area on January 4, and taken to “Shendi bus station”, known as the “the refrigerators detention centre”.

He pointed out that the eight students were chained and subjected to all kinds of torture and abuse to the extent they were scared of him even though introduced himself and assured them that he was from Darfur.

Detentions

As reported by Radio Dabanga yesterday, the head of the Darfur Bar Association, Mohamed Abdallah El Doma, said that between 400 and 800 Darfuri activists and rebel fighters captured during battles are still in prisons. A number of them have died in detention because of torture. Some prisoners were also subjected to amputations.


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