Front Line is delighted to report that all charges against the Sudanese human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam have been dropped following the last hearing of his trial on 7 August 2004. The Sudanese Minister of Justice withdrew the case by using article 58 of the Sudan Penal Code Procedures on 9 August 2004 and Dr Mudawi is no longer in custody.
Human rights activist and Director of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO), Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam was arrested at his home in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on 28 December 2003. He was first held under Article 31 of the National Security Forces Act in the National Security Centre and in the political section of Kober prison.
Dr Mudawi went on hunger strike demanding to either be released or charged in February 2004, and which lasted two days after which he was brought before the Attorney General. On 8 February 2004 he was charged with offences against the state under Articles 50, 51 and 56 of the Penal Code, which carry the death penalty and do not allow release on bail. He was also charged with provoking hatred against or among sects under Articles 63 and 64.
SUDO is a voluntary organisation created to promote sustainable development and human rights. SUDO has organized a number of workshops on subjects connected with human rights and has engaged in humanitarian activities where it has recently provided non-food items to internally displaced people in Darfur, western Sudan. SUDO is one of the very few national organisations that has actively worked on humanitarian and human rights issues in the region.
Dr. Mudawi thanked all those that supported and campaigned for his release.