ARREST OF MR. AHMED MOHAMMED ALHAJ BY SAF IN DAMAZIN, SUDAN

          No.: H.K/PS/41/023                                                                                                                                        Date: 15th December 2023

                                                                             PRESS STATEMENT

                                                                                                  (For Immediate Release)

                                             ARREST OF MR. AHMED MOHAMMED ALHAJ BY SAF IN DAMAZIN, SUDAN

    On 8th December 2023, Mr. Ahmed Alhaj was arrested by Sudan Armed Force (SAF) soldiers from his house in Damazin. He was released the following day after being interrogated about his political affiliation.

    On 8th December 2023 at midnight, a number of armed Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers came on a military vehicle and arrested Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Alhaj. He was arrested from his house located in Al-Taeef neighbourhood of Damazin town. They took him to Damazin military garrison, where he was interrogated about the activities of Front of Freedom and Change (FFC) in Blue Nile State and their relationship with the Rapid Support Force (RSF). Mr. Ahmed was released on 9th December 2023 at midday. He was given a condition (verbally) that he should not act in anyways against SAF.

    Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Alhaj (50 years) is a lawyer and the leader of the Lawyers Management committee in Blue Nile State. He is also the secretary-general of the Umma Party in Blue Nile state. Al-Taeef neighbourhood is located in Damazin town/ the capital of Blue Nile State.

    HUDO Centre is concerned about the safety of civilians in Sudan during this difficult period of fighting between SAF and RSF and calls for the following:

 The Sudan Armed Force in Damazin to immediately and unconditionally release any other civilians that could be under their detention.

 The commander of SAF in Blue Nile state to investigate the circumstances that led to the arrest of Mr. Ahmed and make the findings public.

 The Sudanese Armed Forces to stop the arrest of civilians.

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