He later traveled to Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, to meet family and renew his passport.
Mr. Dawod was arrested by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services on July 3 after he attended a peaceful protest in Khartoum against President Omar al-Bashir’s government. He was tortured for several days, beaten until he lost consciousness and charged with terrorism, an offense that could have led to the death sentence.
The Sudanese security service “agents are responsible for most cases of arbitrary and incommunicado detention, torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” according to Amnesty International.
On Aug. 13, a judge found Mr. Dawod not guilty of most of the charges against him, including that of terrorism, but he was promptly arrested again.
Mr. Dawod eventually was released Aug. 16 following pressure from the Obama administration and international advocacy groups.