On Tuesday August 29, 2017, Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir granted a pardon to Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, an engineering professor at the University of Khartoum, who was charged with six offences, some of which are punishable by death.
As we reported Mudawi Ibrahim Adam was arrested by security forces in December 2016 as part of a crackdown against opposition leaders and activists. Under Sudanese law, the charges against him were punishable by death.
Prosecutors had accused Ibrahim Adam of “being among activists who were running a criminal organization and engaged in spying and intelligence activities for foreign embassies.”
Ibrahim Adam and others were also accused of "publishing lies about (government forces) using chemical weapons" during fighting with rebels in the country's conflict zones.
However, on Tuesday, President Bashir issued a presidential decree pardoning Ibrahim Adam and five other activists.
"I am issuing a decision to pardon... Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam," Bashir said in a decree signed on Tuesday and quoted by the official SUNA news agency.
"He has just arrived home and is in good health," his wife Sabah Adam told The Daily Mail. Bashir also pardoned five other activists, SUNA said.
Dr Mudawi Ibrahim is an internationally recognized human rights defender who was the winner of the inaugural 2005 Front Line Defenders Award for human rights defenders. Ibrahim is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Khartoum and runs his own engineering company. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO).
Many global rights groups including Endangered Scholars Worldwide condemned Sudanese authorities over his arrest.
We welcome this news with great relief and calls for the protection and security of Professor Mudawi Ibrahim at all times after her release.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide is concerned about arbitrary imprisonment and prosecution of professors, scholars, and students in retaliation for the nonviolent exercise of the right to free expression and association. We view the protection of academic freedom as a fundamental duty of all countries, and we urge the Sudaneese government to respect and protect academic freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Sudan.