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Sudanese court sentences ten more Darfur rebels to death

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April 15, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — A Sudanese special court sentenced to death ten rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) for their participation in an attack against the Sudanese government in Khartoum where more than 220 people were killed last May.

A Sudanese policeman guards the convicted members of a Darfur rebel group, during their trial session in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday Aug. 17, 2008. (AP)

Today’s verdict brings to more than 60 the number of the rebels condemned to death. Abdel Aziz Abu Usher, a half brother of the JEM chairman is among those who are sentenced since last year in a series of trials following the attack.

The court stated that the rebels were found guilty of involvement in an attack on Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman on May 10, 2008. Also the judges ordered the release of three others.

The Sudanese government and the rebel group signed a goodwill agreement last February in Doha providing that the two parties would exchange prisoners of war. Both sides released some of the detained prisoners, as a goodwill gesture.

Reacting to the death sentences, the spokesperson of the rebel movement, Ahmed Hussein Adam condemned the verdicts saying they had been issued by an "Inquisition Court" that was implementing "the political will of the regime."

He also reminded that the government delegation had agreed in the Doha deal that the detained rebels are prisoners of war and they should be treated as such.

The rebel official further said that these sentences breach the Geneva Convention on the POWs besides the Doha Agreement.

The attack on Khartoum was the first time any rebel group had brought their fight to the capital. The rebels were stopped at bridges over the river Nile a few kilometers (miles) from the presidential palace and army headquarters.

JEM suspended, last month, the peace process brokered by the Qatari government and the joint peace mediator in order to end the six year conflict in Darfur. The Doha agreement meant to create a conducive environment for the peace process through a series of measures to build confidence between the warring parties.

However, the rebel movement accused the Sudanese government of violating the signed deal because of the expulsion of 13 international aid groups working in the region. Sudan justified its decision by saying the NGOs had been cooperating with the International Criminal Court which had issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir.

JEM asked Khartoum to reverse its decision and allow the return of the expelled aid groups while Sudan says it will fill the humanitarian gaps with local organizations.

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  • 16 April 2009 08:03, by Busta

    Sudan is pretending as if there is justice on the ground.
    How could they sent ten Darfur rebels to death yet Bashir is just bulshitting here waiting for ICC day to go and face Saddam rope.

    Bahir just enjoy this moment your turn will come soon when we will waiting on TV.

    Dear Darfur rebels may almight God take your soul into internal Peace. Amen.

  • 16 April 2009 08:30, by Ben-Fu

    Simple an Arabs wish and a way to kill the black Sudanese and Darfurian.
    If black Sudanese don’t form their own strong justice system to question these killing, they will be kills one by one. Our leaders need to question these killing and speak up about hanging 10 men for the sake of one journalist. Do you think this is justice? it just to find ground to kills more people using arabsmailing.

    • 16 April 2009 09:56, by garang peter majok

      SUDAN GOVERMENT IS TRULY LACKING LEGAL BASIC AND LEGITAMACY.

      Wonderful to see goverment sentenced its citenzen whoes fat is to be difind as prisoners of war.the deserved detention, good feeding and good medication not killing mr.Bashir .J.E.M must not accept to negotiate with such a regime which do not value them as popular upraising and resistant movement fighting for the welfare of the region and hang its prisoners of war like gangsters or out laws.if there is peace negotion then Bashir and his regime must bear responsibility for killing tens prisoners of war.any way sudan lacks legal basis and recognise legitamacy as a result of that it do every thing the think is minimizing ethnicity of durfouri people as a part of ethnic cleansing compaign.killing prisoners of war by hanging them to death is a direct insult to international community on every aspects.

      • 17 April 2009 00:15, by Marial-chol

        That is absolutely bulshit, how come a government of Sudan killed his citizens despite the code of pows. It is a violation of geneva convention laws and Sudan government or court wanted to probe.
        Oh God! my siblings poor black Africans, we are the victims everywhere in this world but we are so blinded to see the light of liberation,freedom,ethnicity,history, self-determination under Africans’ culturs and believes, and being united ourselves as the African people.
        I want if south sudan, Nuba mountian, Eastern Sudan,and western Sudan[Darfur] black Africans would united with other African siblings who know that,they are Africans not an Arab nor western nor Asia,then form what is called "Black African States liberation Movement", such that to liberate African people from domination of religions,ethnicity and supremacy Ideologies.
        Nonetheless, African are very stronger than,and do not know how to united and resisted Arabism supremacy, especially or neo-colonization. When are we going to learn ourselves as an African people among others? You are always behind and fool! Wake up Africans!!! You are nothing in the face of the rest in this world. Is it because you are black people or why? you don’t see the light of freedom and unity from other people of this world?
        I’m so sad and I wish if God give me opportunity to exsecute my dream and determination for Black Africans in general not only black African Sudanese,in Sudan. I’m extermistly sobing for great lost I have- I lost my great leader Dr. John Garang De Mabior who known how to resist Arabism ideologies and rest in this world.
        Last and not the least, I wish if I could died for the seek of freedom and self-determination for I do know that I will dead anyway-natural. No different between death by natural or slain for freedom and liberty,sought.for I do know that, there is no grantee for life but liberty is grantee for the next generations,including my sons or daughters. Martin Luther King did for me,in the United States of America,so why don’t I deserve to do in Sudan for my black Africans!!
        Best Regrades,
        Marial-chol,USA

  • 21 April 2009 15:25, by Sudanthinker

    To qualify for the title of POW one must first belong to a state army, not some banditry armed group.

    If anybody could be considered a POW then every thief in town could claim to be a POW and hence avoid prosecution and punishment.

    I think the blame for the loss of the lives of these 10 Sudanese citizens lies squarely with JEM and its leadership who sent them to Omdurman “to deliver a message”. Well the message has been received as we can see.

    Does anyone remember that JEM speaker on BBC saying that they control Omdurman and they are going to take Khartoum in a few hours?

    I hope he sees these men today and he gets the "message".

    Didn’t this country have enough of war already?



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