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Sudan sentences 22 S/Sudanese to death

An anti-terrorism court in Khartoum has sentenced 22 South Sudan nationals to death and three others to life in prison for belonging to a militant…

An anti-terrorism court in Khartoum has sentenced 22 South Sudan nationals to death and three others to life in prison for belonging to a militant group in Darfur.
“The judge sentenced them to death by hanging on charges of terrorism, fighting the state, bearing arms against the state and undermining the constitutional order,” Mahjoub Dawoud, defense attorney, said.
The defendants belong to the Justice and Equality Movement, a rebel group based in Darfur that took up arms against the Sudanese government in 2003, complaining that their region was being marginalized.
The group, led by Bakhit Abdul Karim (Dabjo), signed a peace agreement with the Khartoum government in 2013.
Shortly after the agreement, the group handed in its weapons to the government and in return the Sudanese president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, pardoned members of the group.
However, the presidential pardon did not include the 25 South Sudanese nationals. The government considered them foreign fighters and brought them to trial for bearing arms against Sudan.
Lawyers of the defendants said they will appeal the court decision next week.
 

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