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Global scientists rally behind imprisoned Sudanese geneticist

Scientists have reacted with a mix of outrage and disbelief to news that a Sudanese geneticist has been in prison in his homeland for three weeks for criticising the country’s leadership.

Muntaser Ibrahim, who heads the Institute of Endemic Diseases at the University of Khartoum, was arrested on 21 February, allegedly for discussing political reforms with other academics in Sudan and abroad.

On 13 March the African Society of Human Genetics released a statement calling for Ibrahim’s immediate release. “We call on the African and international research community to condemn this shameful mistreatment of our colleague,” said the statement, which is signed by Ambroise Wonkam, the organisation’s president.

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