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Sudanese court commutes sentence of US diplomat killer


April 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The supreme court in Sudan ruled on Tuesday to commute a sentence issued against one of four prison escapees who were convicted of killing a US diplomat three years ago.

The court minimized the fine of 10,000 Sudanese pounds (2,000 USD) that the Khartoum North Criminal Court had ordered the defendant Abdel-Rauf Abu Zaid Hamza to pay or face a one-year prison term in case of non-payment to 5,000 Sudanese pounds.

Abdel-Rauf happens to be the son of the leader of the fundamentalist Islamist Ansar Al-Suna Group Abu Zaid Mohamed Hamzah. He received his sentence against the background of his escape from Kober Federal Prison with three other inmates, all convicted of killing US diplomat John M. Granville.

The four escapees broke out of Sudan’s oldest prison in January 2010 while on death row for the killing of the diplomat who was shot dead in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on 1 January 2008.


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  • 11 April 2012 13:13, by Hitler

    Look! a complete mockery of Sudanese Judicial system: Life of US diplomat worth 2000 US dollars? No reaction from US authorities? hmmm.

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  • 11 April 2012 17:10, by Waucity

    The keep bring this story up because the think, that it will gain them US support..Shame on you, Shame on you...

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    • 11 April 2012 18:32, by Tambura

      Damn what a Islamic court? I know American will not let it just go like that, government of Sudan have to pay 50 millions USD to American family....

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    • 11 April 2012 22:26, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Nothing will helps sudan if she doesnt offer transparent and fair judgement that meet international jurisdiction,otherwise Khartoum is fooling itself with untrue justice.where were these judges when basir order army to careout scorch earth in Darfur?.where were they when Mohamed Harun orders janjaweed to carry on genocide in darfur?.Dont fool yourself US know U much.

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  • 12 April 2012 02:06, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    All is a sham Islamic court procedure. What a joke to justice! The whole drama can now be colourfully proven that the government of Khartoum has a hand in it.

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