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UA 67/91 Medical Concern/Incommunicado Detention 26 February 1991
SUDAN: Dr. Omar NOUR-AL-DAIM
Khalid Mohamed IBRAHIM
Abdel-Mahmoud al-Haj SALEH
Al-Fadel Adam ISMAIL
The eight people named above are reported to have been detained incommunicado
in a secret detention centre in Khartoum since their arrest in mid-November
1990. All are prominent members of the Umma Party and appear to have been
arrested for political reasons. The first four of the eight were reportedly
arrested while attending a meeting in Omdurman. All are being held without
charge or trial. They are not allowed visits and are being denied medical
care. It is reported that there are at least 50 detainees at the same secret
detention centre and that some of these suffer from serious illnesses such
as malaria. Moreover, the quality of food is reportedly bad and there is a
shortage of water.
Dr. Omar NOUR-AL-DAIM was the general secretary of the Umma Party (one of the
political parties in power, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sadiq
al-Mahdi, at the time of a military coup in June 1989). After the coup, the
new government banned all political party activities. Members of the Umma
Party have repeatedly been arrested and accused of conspiracy against the
government. Dr. NOUR-AL-DAIM was also a Minister of Agriculture and then a
Minister of Finance. He is in his fifties and married. He was previously
detained from July 1989 to November 1989.
Salah ABDEL-SALAM was a Minister for Presidential Affairs in Sadiq al-Mahdi's
government. He was first arrested immediately after the 1989 coup and later
released. He is in his late fifties, married with children.
Bakri ADIL is a member of the general secretariat of the Umma Party and was
a Minister of Education and then a Minister of Energy. He was first arrested
in March 1990 and released in mid-1990. He is in his forties, married with
Hundreds of people have been arrested since a military government overthrew
the elected civilian government of Sadiq al-Mahdi in June 1989. Although a
number of detainees have been released uncharged, many remain in detention
without charge or trial. These include trade union activists, academics,
medical doctors, lawyers, journalists and politicians.
More than 60 people arrested since November 1989 are known to have been
tortured by members of a new security organization called the "Security of
the Revolution" while detained in "safe houses" and secret detention centres
in Khartoum. One of them, Ali Fadul, a medical doctor, is reported to have
died as a result of torture on 22 April 1990 after being detained in secret
since 13 March 1990.