Home | News    Sunday 11 November 2007

Sudan sentences ten to death for beheading journalist

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

November 10, 2007 (KHARTOUM) — Ten Darfuris accused of beheading a Sudanese journalist were sentenced to death by firing squad on Saturday, a punishment usually reserved only for the military, the defence said.

JPEG - 10.4 kb
A Sudanese girl carries a portrait of Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed — the editor-in-chief of Al-Wifaq — after his assassination in 2006. (AFP)

Sudanese editor of the al-Wifaq daily Mohamed Taha was kidnapped by armed men from his home last year and his decapitated body was found the following morning lying on the street in southern Khartoum.

"The court decided to sentence all 10 to death by firing sqaud for which there is no basis in the law," said Kamal Omer, leading member of the defence team for the 10 accused, all of whom are from the Darfuri Fur tribe.

The 10 accused, who belong to the Fur tribe from the troubled region of Darfur, were found guilty of the killing of Mohammed Taha Mohammed .
The 10 did not react to the verdict while members of the victim’s family shouted "long live justice."

The crime shocked the journalism world in Sudan and echoed images of the brutal killings by Al Qaeda militiants in Iraq. Taha was himself an Islamist but had angered others by reprinting an article questioning the roots of the Prophet Mohammed.

Authorities said he also angered Darfuris by writing articles questioning the morals of Darfuri women, while a counter-insurgency campaign in Sudan’s west created one of the world’s worst humantiarian crises with aid agencies documenting widespread rape.

Omer said the youngest accused was just 16 years old with the others ranging up to their mid-40s. He said the court was influenced by the political establishment in the unprecedented ruling. Anyone condemned to death in Sudan is usually hanged.

"The court was full of security services and government figures," he said, adding he would appeal the sentence.

"We will take the legal route, go to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court," Omer said.

Omer had himself been imprisoned overnight for making public comments that his clients had been tortured to extract their confessions.

Amnesty International has said they and other political prisoners had also been tortured to try to extract confessions.

The authorities deny any torture.

"This is a police state,that is why we have this backwards, incorrect ruling," Omer said.

(Reuters/AFP)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Peacekeeping faces challenges: here’s how we can meet them 2018-09-23 11:47:05 By Jean-Pierre Lacroix* United Nations peacekeeping remains one of the most effective tools to respond to today’s challenges of global peace and security. Every day, women and men who serve under (...)

Pragmatic patriarchy of Sudan over South Sudan 2018-09-22 09:28:17 James Okuk, PhD “We honour the human capacity to manage our collective lives with peace and even, at times, dignity” – Barbour & Wright The political process of Sudan and South Sudan has (...)

Salient features of South Sudan latest peace deal 2018-09-21 05:36:06 By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi Last week, the government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir, various armed and unarmed opposition groups and other parties, including the SPLM/A-IO led by Dr (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.