EUGENE — An Oregon man has been held for a month in Sudan and falsely accused of being a terrorist after his arrest at a student protest he helped organize, his pregnant wife said.
Sudan citizen Rudwan Dawod was arrested July 3 in Khartoum, according to his wife, Nancy, and international media accounts.
Rudwan Dawod was beaten unconscious at a police station, and his father and brother were arrested at their home, Nancy Dawod said in an interview with The Register-Guard.
All were taken into the custody of Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service, she said.
The Sudan embassy in Washington, D.C., did not immediately return a phone message Friday seeking comment.
Dawod believes her husband eventually will be released, as others arrested with him were. She said he has good legal representation from a host of human rights organizations.
“But even if Rudwan gets life in prison or even the death penalty, this won’t be the end of it,” she said of the Arab Spring movement. “There will be more Rudwans. The students are engaged. The revolution has begun.”
The case is expected to be decided Aug. 13, she said.
Nancy Dawod, who is from Cottage Grove, met her Sudanese husband while volunteering to build an elementary school