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Arrest of Journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour in Khartoum, 23rd Oct 2014

28.10.14

On Thursday 23 October 2014 around 7.00pm the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) arrested the journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour, a writer in Al-TAQYEER newspaper and reporter for Al-HAYAT newspaper (London).

An eyewitness stated that he arrived at Al-TAQYEER newspaper building as usual around 6.55pm. He got a call when he was leaving his car to enter the building. Then he crossed the road with Imam Ahmed Imam, the editor in chief, to where some people were waiting for them. He was then arrested and taken to the NISS building; one hour later he was transferred to KOBER Prison.

Previously, on 3 April 2014 the security authorities ordered him to stop practising his duties as Editor in Chief of Al-SAHAFA newspaper and they threatened to shut down the newspaper if he did not cooperate. The management of the newspaper cooperated and responded by deleting his name from the newspaper as from 4 of October 2014.

The security authority stated that the reason for the arrest is because Al-HAYAT newspaper published an incorrect article about Sudan Electricity, talking about the presidential decree that stated that electric companies would merge. Namely, that the Public Authority for Electricity would be dissolved and the electric sector would be subordinate as before to the Ministry of Energy and Oil in order to avoid the terrible deterioration of the performance of the sector.

It should be borne in mind that this presidential decree has been widely circulated on social media and WHATSAPP groups.

The wife of Al-Nour Ahmed Dr. Nour Abdullah Hassan went on Friday morning to KOBER Prison carrying some personal belongings to her husband, but prison officers told her that she had to obtain permission to visit her husband from the National Intelligent Security Service (NISS) inquiries office in Khartoum. She said that when she went to the inquiries office around 2.00pm they refused to give her any information or take the personal belongs to her husband.

SUDO UK calls on the Sudan Government to:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release the Journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour as he has been detained solely as a result of his legitimate work as a journalist.
  2. Inform the family of Al-Nour of his whereabouts, and allow them and his legal counsel immediate and unfettered access to him.
  3. Ensure that the treatment of Al-Nour while in detention conforms to the conditions set out in the 'Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any form of detention or imprisonment' adopted by UN General Assembly resolution 43/173 of 9 December 1988.
  4. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Sudan are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.

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