12 August 2014

Sudan: Dr Mariam El Mahdi Arrested On Return to Sudan

Photo: Radio Dabanga
The delegations of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, an alliance of the main rebel movements)

Khartoum — National Umma Party (NUP) deputy, Dr Mariam El Sadig El Mahdi, has been summarily arrested on her return to Sudan after attending the historic Paris conference.

Dr El Mahdi, Daughter of NUP leader El Sadig El Mahdi, was travelling with Qatar Air from Paris, via Doha. She was removed from the aircraft after it landed at Khartoum by agents of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)

Dr El Mahdi was a force majeure in organising last week's summit that was the first face-to-face meeting of the NUP and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, an alliance of the main rebel movements) leaderships. She was also an important member of the NUP delegation in Paris.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga in the early hours of Tuesday morning, NUP secretary Sara Noubella said the party's delegation awaiting Dr Mariam's return at Khartoum airport became suspicious after all the other passengers disembarked from the flight - which landed before midnight - but she was not among them. Her mobile phone was also turned off. "Dr El Mahdi has been taken to an as yet unknown location."

It is noteworthy that in an interview with Radio Dabanga in Paris, the NUP leader El Sadig El Mahdi (previously detained by the Khartoum regime) himself said that he will not directly return to Khartoum from Paris, but will visit Egypt first.

"This is not because I fear I will be arrested again, but because there is still much work to do. We have to enhance and broaden our regional and international contacts to lobby for support of the Paris Declaration. Cairo is a very good base for our campaign... I am not afraid to be detained again, because my last detention has brought us a lot of credibility and political capital. Jailing me again will only isolate the ruling party more."

El Mahdi mentioned that his sister would indeed be returning to Khartoum, but not when. Radio Dabanga will update this story as information becomes available.

More on This

'Sudan Regime Should Accept Paris Declaration' - El Mahdi

The Sudanese regime has the choice to accept the Paris Declaration, with its road map for a national peace process and a … see more »

Copyright © 2014 Radio Dabanga. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,400 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.