EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 54/14/93
UA 141/93 Fear of torture\extrajudicial execution 30 April 1993
SUDAN: Major-General al-Fatih Mohamed Abdel A'al, retired army officer
Colonel Mustafa Ahmad al-Tai, retired army officer
Colonel Mohamed Hassan Osman al-Zubeir, retired army officer
Lieutenant al-Tayib Nuor al-Daim Mohamed, retired army officer
Haidar al-Tigani, retired army officer
Gaafar Yassin Ahmad, doctor
Osman Mohamed Ali Gumma
al-Tiraifi al-Tahir Fadul
Yasir Abu Zeid Ahmad
al-Hassan Ahmad Salih Mohamed
Mubarek Mohamed Abdalla Gadeen
There are reports of several arrests in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, where the
authorities claim to have uncovered a plot to overthrow the government. The men
named above were arrested between the 21 and 24 April 1993. There are reports of
other arrests but the numbers of detainees or their identities are as yet unknown.
Amnesty International is seriously concerned that those detained are at risk of severe
torture. Some of the men named above were shown on Sudanese television on 26 April
1993. They were shackled and are reported to have been bruised suggesting that they
had been beaten. Their place of detention is unknown. It is likely, however, that
they are being held either in the security headquarters in Khartoum or a secret
detention centre, commonly known as a "ghost house" in Sudan.
Any detainee arrested by the Sudanese security authorities is at risk of ill-treatment.
Those who the authorities believe may have information are at risk of severe torture.
In the past year the authorities claim to have clamped down on torture which they
blame on undisciplined security officials.
Amnesty International believes, however, that torture is systematic. The
organization has recently confirmed the death under torture of a former army officer
from southern Sudan arrested in Khartoum following a rebel assault on the major
southern city of Juba in mid-1992. Camillo Odongi Loyuk, who was an elderly man,
was tied spread-eagled to the window bars of a room. A rope with a sliding noose
was tied around his testicles which tightened if he moved. He was then beaten to
death. The government denies his death and claims that Camillo Odongi Loyuk is a
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either in English or Arabic, or your own language:
- expressing concern at the reported arrest of the eleven men named above (please
select two or three names) and others who are reportedly being held incommunicado