Name: Omaia Abdel Latif Hassan Omaia
Political Affiliation: Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army - North (SPLM-N/SPLA-N)
Background: According to Amnesty International Omaia has been missing since August and is being detained by the Sudanese security services:
Omaia Abdel Latif Hassan Omaia was last seen by his family on 22 August 2012 at 9:30 a.m. when he left his hometown Abu-Gebiha to travel to Tegmala in Southern Kordofan. At around 2 p.m. he was seen heading back to the bus stop to return home. According to eye witnesses, two people in plain clothes, believed to be agents of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NSS), forced him into a Land Cruiser and drove away.
His family were informed by reliable sources that Omaia Abdel Latif Hassan Omaia was seen in a hospital between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on 16 September 2012 in the Southern Kordofan administrative centre of Rashad. As a result, his family is increasingly concerned about his health. After several attempts to obtain information, a high level military official admitted he is detained and said he would try to arrange for access for family members, which has not yet happened. Reports indicate that Omaia Abdel Latif Hassan Omaia may be being held in the private house of a local authority.
Omaia Abdel Latif Hassan Omaia works for the Ministry of Finance in the state of Southern Kordofan and it is believed that he was targeted as a result of his involvement with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N). He is the media representative of SPLM-N in Abu-Gebiha and the state authorities had warned him in July 2011 against political involvement with an armed movement. He was previously arrested in September 2011 with 30 other SPLM-N supporters and was released a week later without charge.
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