Monday, October 7, 2013

Update October 7, 2013

(updated 4:17 p.m. EDT)

Today pharmacy students at the University of Khartoum held a silent protest for a fellow student detained by NISS.

Today Sudan TV hosted a "psychological expert" to analyse the protesters. His diagnosis? Sociopaths with inferiority complexes and resentment. He further stated that they suffer from social envy toward certain economic classes, are neglected by parents, or are illegitimate children out for revenge against society.

The trial of Dr. Samar Mirghani was again postponed, this time until Wednesday, 9 October at 1 p.m. 

Medical sources report that Dr. Sabri Fakhri, a Sudanese surgeon, has been detained for ten days by the NCP regime.

Read an article here about the families of slain protesters demanding an international investigation into the killing of peaceful protesters.

Three hundred Sudanese doctors working in the UK handed a memorandum to the British government indicating that the death toll from protests had reached 250 and that many injured demonstrators were being denied access to hospitals.

The Sudanese Journalists Network organized a press conference on press freedom today at Umma Party headquarters in Omdurman. Security forces besieged the press conference and some journalists were arrested.

There are reports that doctors were arrested after initiating a demonstration inside Khartoum Hospital.

Many families of protesters who were killed have not received death certificates. It was reported that the head of Khartoum's mortuary resigned during the early days of the current protests, defying orders to register protest related deaths resulting from gunshots as due to natural causes. reported demonstrations in Sinnar, about 250 km southeast of Khartoum, last night. Witnesses said police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrations.

On Sunday night, State radio reported that Bashir ordered the release of "all the women arrested except those accused of a crime." Of course, many men and women remain in detention.

Gulf News reported that, "The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, a human rights watchdog, said Saturday that more than 800 people had been arrested throughout the country by police and the NISS.

"The prisoners include political activists, opposition party members and human rights defenders, the watchdog said, adding that the exact number of detentions was unknown.

""The majority of detainees are in NISS custody and have not been charged with any criminal offence," the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies said."

Radio Dabanga reported that the Central Regional Court in Wad Madani sentenced 40 people charged with protesting to 20 lashes and a fine of 150 SDG.

Mohammed Salah Elfeil, missing for many days, and known to have been in NISS custody, was reported to have been released and in good condition.

The Guardian reported information first brought to light in 2009 that Omar Al-Bashir may have stashed as much as nine billion dollars of Sudan's money in London banks. This information comes from secret US diplomatic cables recounting conversations with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. This amount of money is equal to one tenth of of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Sudan.

There was a demonstration in Rome, Italy in support of Sudanese protesters calling for regime change.

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