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Soldiers reject death sentences issued against them

January 21 - 2010 OMDURMAN

Two convicted Darfuri soldiers sentenced to imprisonments and death rejected their verdict as unfair, racist and politically motivated.

Two convicted Darfuri soldiers sentenced to imprisonments and death rejected their verdict as unfair, racist and politically motivated. The two were convicted with 16 other soldiers from the Al Hijani brigade in Obeid for disobedience of orders. According to one of the two Darfuri soldiers, discrimination has had a impact on the harsh verdicts against them. The non-Darfuri soldiers, mainly from Khartoum, Gezira and Shendi were only sentenced  to imprisonment.

The second Darfuri convict speaking to Radio Dabanga from inside the Omdurman prison reiterated the same unfairness. He added he is not afraid of death by a firing squad. It is not known when the sentence will be carried out.


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