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Sudanese army torture to death man accused of intelligence with Darfur rebels

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July 29, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - A human rights group has claimed that the Sudanese army in West Darfur state tortured to death a man accused of providing information to the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the victim, Abakar Adam Ishag, and two other men detained with him were severely tortured at the Jebel Mun Military base in the Silea area of West Darfur.

"Wounds on his corpse indicated that he had also been stabbed or beaten with a sharp object," the rights centre said, pointing that he died while he was transported to the Teaching Hospital in El Geneina town.

"Immediate steps should be taken to guarantee the safety of the two men, who face an ongoing risk of torture and have been detained incommunicado without charge in military custody in West Darfur since 17 July," ACJPS further said.

The group said the military intelligence service of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) arrested the three men from Ishag’s home in Karo Karo village, which lies to the east of Jebel Mun area.

The three men who belong to the Misseriya Jabal ethnic group "were accused of providing information to the JEM. Abakar Adam Ishag was reportedly accused of being a key JEM informant".

JEM rebels in the past years controlled partly Jebel Mun but the West Darfur area which is not far from Chad was retaken by the Sudanese army since 2010.

Following the defeat of JEM fighters in South Darfur state near the South Sudanese border last April, the Sudanese government said they crashed the largest rebel group in western Sudan and captured hundreds of its members.

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