18 February 2018

Sudan: Release of All Political Detainees

Khartoum — Over eighty people who have been held in detention in Kobber central prison, Khartoum, have been released upon directives from the President of the Republic, Omar Bashir, Sunday.

Gen Abdul Rahaman Sadiq Al Mahadi, the Assistant of the Republic, on Sunday announced from inside the central prison yard that it was upon the directives of the President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omar Bashir, that all political detainees have been set free.

He pointed out that they included all sectors men, youth, students and ladies.

He said the Presidency of the Republic works to remedy "the disease not the symptoms" which he described as being the political differences and removal of all reasons that culminate in the protest and detention.

He said all effective parties will be approached, without any exclusion, so as to work out how to preserve human rights and remove political polarization in the country.

He said it all pours for the sake of the homeland. He said dialogue and the national accord are the best means for facing the future.

He added that for the sake of the homeland and its betterment every sacrifices is minimal.

He commended the decision taken by the President of the Republic saying that this was time for reconciliation and grace and discarding of rancor and rage.

It is to be noted that the release was in the presence of representatives of political forces, families of the detainees and a huge number of local and international media and news organizations.

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