Journalists Tell of Beatings in Sudan Police Detention

Authorities in Sudan released journalist Fayez El Seleik, who was detained after openly criticising the military coup d’état of October 25, in Khartoum on Thursday. He is the fifth journalist detained during the aftermath of the coup to be released.

El Seleik spent 32 days in detention, two weeks of which were in solitary confinement, during which he remained cut off from the outside world. He was not questioned, nor was any investigation completed with him until he and the other detainees decided to engage in a hunger strike on Thursday. They were subsequently released on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Journalist Ali Farsab was severely beaten with rifle butts and batons, and kicked with police boots all over his body, while he was still bleeding as a result of his head wound. The policemen also abused him verbally.

The policemen told the detained demonstrators that their “capital is a bullet” and “you’ll die as animals” as policemen enjoy impunity and will not legally prosecuted for their actions.

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