A resident of the United States was arrested again in Sudan Monday after a judge ordered that he be freed after he paid a fine for taking part in protests.
Rudwan Daud was sentenced to the time that he already spent in custody and terrorism-related charges were dismissed, AFP reported. He then paid around $100.
However, when he was released, police gave him to state security officers and it is unclear where he was taken.
“The security took him away and we don’t [know] where they have taken him,” his lawyer, who was not named, told the news agency.
“Rudwan’s American wife Nancy will give birth to their first child in September,” reads a statement by Rep. Michael E. Capuano’s (D-Mass.). “Rudwan has reportedly been beaten, tortured, threatened with rape, and falsely charged with terrorism and criminal organization by the Sudanese government.”
He was initially convicted for creating a disturbance during anti-government protests in Khartoum, the capital, according to AFP.
“Because, when police arrested him, they found him putting gasoline on old tires preparing them to be burned,” the judge said.
Protests erupted against President Omar al-Bashir’s regime when he announced austerity measures such as tax hikes and ending fuel subsidies.