Companies should be aware that the police have a reputation of being corrupt. According to the Human Rights Report 2010, there are reports of businesspeople being detained without due process for having failed to pay back loans to Sudanese banks. The Human Rights Report 2013 states that the police in Sudan do not need a warrant to make arrests. Although the Interim National Constitution stipulates that citizens should be informed of the charges when arrested, arrests are frequently made without charges. However, indefinite detentions are frequent in practice.
According to the Investment Climate Statement 2013, Sudanese government officials and among them high-ranking police officials often have vested interests in state-owned enterprises, which makes them susceptible to corrupt practices. Additionally, the report notes that many of these officials also own and operate private enterprises, thereby receiving favourable treatment from the government. This creates the risk of an uneven playing field for foreign or poorly-connected businesses.