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Prominent Sudanese geneticist freed from prison as dictator ousted

Protestors call for immediate civilian rule in Sudan, after dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted on 11 April. Credit: Ahmed Mustafa/AFP/Getty

Muntaser Ibrahim was released alongside several other academics and civilians who had been detained amid nationwide protests.

Muntaser Ibrahim, a leading geneticist, has been freed from prison in Sudan alongside hundreds of other civilians, including academics, who were detained in recent months for protesting against the regime of now-toppled dictator Omar al-Bashir. Their release was ordered last week by the army, which ousted al-Bashir on 11 April amid a popular revolt sparked by rising bread and fuel prices that has rocked the nation since mid-December. Al-Bashir seized power in a coup in 1989.


“We are delighted that Professor Ibrahim has been released,” says Martin Chalfie, chair of the Committee on Human Rights at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. “The detention of scientists and scholars for the peaceful expression of their views is contrary to the most fundamental principles of international human rights, and devastating for scientific research and progress.”

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