January 1, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Two Sudanese men sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a four-year-old girl have been executed in a prison in Khartoum, the local press reported on Tuesday.
Motassem Abdallah Khairallah, 21, and Imad Tibn, 19, were hanged on Monday and their bodies handed over to their families amid tight security, the daily Al-Sudani reported.
The execution had been due to take place on November 27 but was postponed at the last minute after an appeal by defence laywers who said the two accused had not been given a fair trial.
The appeal was dimissed.
The two were sentenced to death last January 21 and to 100 lashes each for raping and murdering Muram Awad Sadiq in a case that caused outrage because it also took place during the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr in October 2006.
There is no official record of the number of people executed each year in Sudan, but international human rights organisations frequently report cases in which the death penalty is handed down.