Death sentences for SPLM-N leaders in Sudan
The Special Court in Singa, capital of Sudan's Sennar state has sentenced 17 members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) to death by hanging in absentia.
Among those sentenced are Malik Agar, the SPLM-N chairman, and chairman of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, an alliance of armed movements), and Yasir Arman, Secretary-General of the SPLM-N and SRF Foreign Relations Secretary.
The verdict by the Court, headed by Judge Abdelmunim Younis, ends a nine-month trial, and comes three days after the latest AU Peace and Security Council statement calling on SPLM-N to accept the latest draft framework paper for a solution to the conflicts in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Arman was heading the SPLM-N delegation in the recent negotiation rounds with the Sudanese government.
Forty-six other detainees were sentenced to life imprisonment while 31 were acquitted, lawyer El Tijani Hassan, member of the Sudanese Organisation for the Defence of Rights and Freedoms told Radio Dabanga from Singa.
Those sentenced are among about 100 detainees who faced trial for alleged involvement in the 'insurgence' in Blue Nile state that began in September 2011. About 170,000 people fled from the Blue Nile into neighbouring Ethiopia and South Sudan.
File photo: Yasir Arman, Secretary-General of the SPLM-N
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