Sudan sentences 27 from intelligence service to death over teacher’s killing

Demonstrators chant slogans as they march with a banner with pictures of Ahmad al-Khair. (File photo: AFP)

A Sudanese court sentenced 27 members of the national intelligence service to death by hanging on Monday over the killing of a teacher in detention in February during protests that led to the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir.

It was the first time courts have handed down convictions over crackdowns on demonstrations in the months before and after Bashir was toppled in April.

Thirteen defendants were sentenced to prison terms and a further four were acquitted in the verdict, which could face several stages of appeal.

The death of teacher Ahmed al-Khair in the eastern town of Khashm al-Qirba became a rallying point during 16 weeks of protests against Bashir's rule.

Sudanese protesters rally in front of a court in Omdurman near the capital Khartoum, on December 30, 2019, during the trial of intelligence agents for the death of teacher Ahmed Al-Khair (picture) while in custody of intelligence services. 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: AFP)

Sudanese protesters rally in front of a court in Omdurman near the capital Khartoum, on December 30, 2019, during the trial of intelligence agents for the death of teacher Ahmed Al-Khair (picture) while in custody of intelligence services. 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: AFP)

Khair's family said security officials initially claimed he had died of poisoning, though days later a state investigation found he had died of injuries from beating.

Hundreds of people rallied outside the court in Omdurman where the verdict was delivered on Monday, some waving national flags or holding pictures of Khair.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56
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