Sudan prevents activist from travelling abroad

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Sudanese authorities have prevented a leading Sudanese activist, who also holds a British passport, from travelling abroad, a rights group said on Wednesday.

"Albaquir Al-Afif Mukhtar was detained in Khartoum International Airport and prevented from travelling to a conference in Spain," Tuesday morning, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said in a statement.

It said that intelligence and security officials at the airport "attempted to confiscate his passport, but Dr. Mukhtar refused, arguing that they had no right as it was a British passport."

Mukhtar heads the Alkhatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development (KACE), as well as the Tamam network, a coalition of over 120 civil society groups which monitored Sudan's landmark elections in April.

Mukhtar was released but ordered to report to the "political affairs section" of the National Intelligence and Security Service on Thursday, the statement said.

The British embassy in Khartoum is following up on his case, it added.

Mukhtar was also stopped at the airport in May while trying to board a flight for the United Kingdom, but was eventually allowed to travel, the statement said.

The landmark April 11-15 presidential, local and legislative elections which reinstated President Omar el-Beshir were replete with technical problems, fraud charges and opposition boycotts.

© 2010 AFP

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