The Sudanese coup’s second in command, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), denied on Saturday any political prisoners being held up currently, saying that all detainees are ones facing criminal charges.
In a statement issued on Saturday, emergency lawyers in Sudan reported that 54 active members in the resistance committees have been arrested in the last 12 days.
Hemedti stressed, during a Ramadan festivity in the East Nile region, that they were not going to interfere in judicial affairs.
The coup authority had already dismissed judiciary and the public prosecution figures appointed during the civilian transitional government era.
Hemedti noted that the prisoners’ rights were guaranteed to them, and that they have the opportunity to meet with their lawyers and families.
The military authority’s deputy’s statements contradict the complaints made by lawyers and families regarding their inability to meet with their clients/children, to check on their conditions, especially their health.
The Dabek prison authorities had earlier refused to give emergency lawyers records of the numbers and names of detainees, for reasons justified as “orders issued by higher authorities.”