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Sudanese court drops charges against four Khartoum students

October 14 - 2016 KHARTOUM
Students of the University of Khartoum during clashes on 11 March 2014 (RD)
Students of the University of Khartoum during clashes on 11 March 2014 (RD)

On Thursday, the Criminal Court of Khartoum dropped the charges against four students of the Khartoum University.

The four belonged to a group of eight students who were accused of detaining a university guard commander at the campus during student protests last April.

The students are Fathi Mohamed, Salah Mohamed Badreldin. Mahjoub Oteiba. and Abdelbagi Hussein. Muwafag Mohamed, Hassan El Dai, Mohammed Omar Digno, and Hussein Harran are still being held.

A Khartoum University student told Radio Dabanga that the students protest the court’s reliance on the investigations conducted by the plaintiff himself. They demand a new investigation, to be conducted by the prosecution.

In April, student at the Khartoum University in the Sudanese capital repeatedly staged demonstrations, demanding the release of detained colleagues, the return of the Students’ Union, and the dismantling of ‘jihadist units’ within the campus. According to students, police and security forces, supported by university guards, confronted the protesters with tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets which resulted in injury of dozens of students,. Others were detained.

A student activist told this station at the time that they detained the university guard commander with the idea to exchange him for a detained student.

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