Sudanese court sentences 27 intelligence agents to death for killing protester

Awadh who is a teacher was beaten and tortured to death after he was arrested in January 2018 by intelligence operatives in Kassala
A Sudanese man lifts a picture of teacher Ahmed Al-Khair who died while in custody of intelligence services, in front of a court in Omdurman near the capital Khartoum, on December 30, 2019, during the trial of agents accused in this case. – The court sentenced 27 intelligence agents to death by hanging, for torturing and killing the teacher at an intelligence services facility during protests a year ago, judge Sadok Albdelrahman said. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

Sudan’s intelligence agents numbering 27 have been sentenced to death by a court for torturing and killing a protester, Ahmed al-Kheir Awadh in Kassala state, east of the country earlier in the year.

Awadh who is a teacher was beaten and tortured to death after he was arrested in late January by intelligence operatives in Kassala and taken to a detention facility where he was then brutally murdered, an AFP report said.

The defendants, 27 of them all were found guilty of torturing to death the deceased at an intelligence services facility and sentenced to be hanged, judge Sadok Albdelrahman said.

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Sudanese took to the streets from December 2018, initially to protest against high bread prices, but the demonstrations soon turned into demands for autocrat Omar al-Bashir to step down.

The president was deposed in April by the military, but huge protests continued, culminating in a compromise that saw a joint military-civilian transitional council formed in August.

At least 177 people were killed in repression of the months-long protests, according to rights group Amnesty International, while a doctors’ committee close to the protest movement put the toll at over 250.

Many of those killed were the victims of a June 3 massacre outside army headquarters in Khartoum, perpetrated by men in military fatigues.   


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