Today, Friday, the Sudanese Communist Party announced the release of its general secretary, Muhammad Mukhtar al-Khatib, and a member of the Central Committee, Saleh Mahmoud, a day after their arrest.
Security forces had raided al-Khatib’s house in Bahri before leading him to an unknown destination, while Mahmoud was arrested at the Khartoum airport, upon both their returns from a visit to the Republic of South Sudan, on Thursday.
The Sudanese Communist Party released a statement in which it stated that “the security forces of the brutal coup d’etat authorities arrested today, May 19, 2022, engineer Muhammad Mukhtar Al-Khatib the general secretary of the Sudanese Communist Party as well as advocate Salih Mahmoud, member of the party’s political bureau upon their arrival in Khartoum coming from Juba, South Sudan.”
“We strongly condemn the unlawful arrests and demand their immediate release. We urge the international community and human rights organizations to exert maximum pressure on Sudan’s ruling junta for the unconditional and immediate release of all political detainees,” the statement continued.
The Darfur Bar Association announced that it had received a phone call from its president, Saleh Mahmoud, in which he stated that he and the General Secretary of the Communist Party had been released in the early hours of this morning, and that they had been “treated well.”
In a statement, the association confirmed that it would talk with its president regarding the legalities of his arrest at Khartoum airport, its circumstances, and “its violation of guaranteed rights.”