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Sudanese Medical Doctor Nageeb Nagmeldin el Toum Released
April 18, 2001

The CHR has learned that Sudanese medical doctor Nageeb Nagmeldin el Toum, for whom many correspondents wrote appeals, was released from prison on March 29, 2001. According to Amnesty International, he has said that he was not subjected to ill-treatment in detention as had been feared. We understand that, in order to gain his release, Dr. Nageeb was required to sign a declaration that he had been arrested as part of an investigation into technical problems within the Amal Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Physical and Mentral Trauma. He reportedly was also made to sign a statement pledging "not to do anything against the law."

Dr. Nageeb is director of the Amal Center. He was arrested on March 11, 2001, and held in incommunicado detention for more than two weeks for allegedly giving information of a political nature to contacts outside Sudan. He is believed to have also been interrogated about training courses that the Amal Center gives to students and doctors.

The CHR remains concerned that Dr. Nageeb has not been permitted to reopen the Amal Center, which provides free medical treatment and counseling for victims of human rights abuses. The Sudanese security services reportedly told Dr. Nageeb that the Amal Center's computers, patient files, and office keys "that were confiscated at the time of his arrest" would be returned to him on April 7, 2001. It is the CHR's understanding that Dr. Nageeb went to the offices of the security services on April 7 and again on April 9, but nothing was returned to him.

For more detailed information on Dr. Nageeb's case, please see his case summary.