Sudan soldier says beaten in detention, Juba denies
KHARTOUM, April 26 (Reuters) - A Sudanese soldier released by South Sudan said on Thursday he and 12 other comrades had been beaten and insulted during their detention in the South, in the latest sign of tensions between the neighbours.
South Sudan strongly denied any mistreatment of 13 Sudanese soldiers it had released on Wednesday after capturing them during fighting at the disputed Heglig oilfield two weeks ago.
"This is not true. They were not beaten. The government told them to say they were beaten," South Sudan's Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said, adding that Sudan was still holding at least seven South Sudanese prisoners.
South Sudan had handed over the prisoners to Egyptian officials who flew them to Cairo and from there to Khartoum where they arrived early on Thursday.
Diplomats had hoped the release would defuse tensions between the African neighbours whose armies have been embroiled in three weeks of border fighting, and bring both sides back to the negotiating table. www.trust.org