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Three opposition politicians detained for protesting Sudan fuel crisis

May 20 - 2018 KHARTOUM / EL NAHUD
Drivers perform Friday afternoon prayers while waiting in a fuel station in Khartoum this month (RD)
Drivers perform Friday afternoon prayers while waiting in a fuel station in Khartoum this month (RD)

On Thursday, three members of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party were arrested by the security services in Khartoum and West Kordofan’s El Nahud for distributing leaflets on the fuel crisis and protesting against the tightened fuel distribution policies.

The head of the Sudanese Congress Party, Nureldin Salaheldin, told Radio Dabanga that on Thursday evening a group of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents arrested the political secretary of the party in Khartoum, Mawahib Majzoub, and Mohamed Osman. The security agents stopped their car and took them to the NISS headquarters in Omdurman.

House searched

He explained that the security apparatus broke into the house of the political secretary after her arrest, tampered with its contents, confiscated a number of books and publications, and seized the car and the mobile phones of the detainees.

In West Kordofan, the security services arrested the member of the Sudanese Congress Party Asim Abdelsattar because of his protest against the policy of the security apparatus in the distribution of fuel at one of the pumps.

Torture

Salaheldin said that Abdelsattar had been subjected to continued torture during his detention until his release on Thursday evening.

The Sudanese Congress Party condemned the arrest campaign against its members, saying that they were arrested while exercising their right to express their opinion peacefully.

It said the arrests would not distract them from continuing their campaign of protest against the fuel crisis.


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