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Sudan Student Activist on Hunger Strike Released From Detention

February 24, 2012

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- A Sudanese student activist who went on hunger strike to protest his arrest without charge was released late yesterday, his lawyer said.

Taj Alsir Jaafar, 25, a member of a youth movement known as Girifna, or “we’re fed up,” returned to his home in Ombdurman, across the Nile River from the capital, Khartoum, his lawyer, Abdul Moneam Adam, said today phone.

Jaafar was arrested on Dec. 30 after participating in a university protest in support of people displaced by the Merowe Dam, north of Khartoum. London-based Amnesty International urged Sudan on Jan. 24 to release Jaafa, saying he’s “at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.”

--Editors: Karl Maier, Emily Bowers

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Khartoum at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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