Sudan releases 2nd key civilian figure in 2 days: Lawyer

AFP , Wednesday 27 Apr 2022

Sudanese authorities released a former member of the ruling Sovereign Council on Wednesday, a lawyer said, the second key civilian figure to be freed in two days.

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Dozens of Sudanese doctors and medical teams demonstrate in Khartoum on January 16, 2022 to denounce attacks by security forces against medical personnel and doctors during pro-democracy rallies opposed to the October military coup. AFP

 

"Mohamed al-Fekki has been released," defence lawyer Azhari al-Haj said, more than two months after the politician was detained on February 13.

On Tuesday, authorities released Khaled Youssef, a former minister and prominent opponent of a power grab led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on October 25 last year.

The military's power grab derailed a fragile transition to civilian rule that had been established in the wake of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir's fall from power in 2019.

Fekki's spell in detention was his second since last year's power grab.

Pre-power grab, he was a member of the civilian-military ruling council and had also headed a committee tasked with recovering properties seized by Bashir's regime.

Authorities have accused the committee of misappropriating funds that it confiscated, but its members have consistently denied these accusations.

Other key figures remain in custody including Wagdi Saleh, a spokesman for the Forces for Freedom and Change, the main civilian political bloc which was sidelined after the October power grab.

Burhan pledged earlier this month to release political detainees to set the stage for talks among Sudanese factions.

Last year's military power grab triggered wide international condemnation as well as repeated mass protests.

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