Home | News    Wednesday 27 August 2014

Sudanese appeal court orders rearrest of suspect in protest killing

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 26, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – A Sudanese court on Tuesday ordered the re-arrest of the main suspect in the killing of Sara Abdel-Bagi who was shot during the protests which erupted last September following the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies.

JPEG - 22.8 kb
Woman holding a poster of Sara Abdel-Bagi in front of court in Khartoum May 28, 2014 (ST)

The appeals court vacated the acquittal decision issued by the lower court and ordered retrial of the suspect with premeditated murder under article 130 of the criminal code.

Last May, a trial court judge acquitted the suspect, Sami Mohamed Ahmed Ali, of the murder charges because he was not convinced by the testimonies of the 11 witnesses, highlighting their inconsistency.

Ali, a former soldier in the Sudanese army, was dismissed from service following the events and his accusation of murder. There were rumours that he left the country immediately after the court decision.

Abdel-Bagi’s sister, Iman, a journalist working for Al-Migher Al-Siyasi daily newspaper, posted on her Facebook page the following “Thank Allah (God) who supports the right and answers prayers, the appeal court issued a death by hanging decision against the killer of my martyr sister, Sara Abdel-Bagi”.

The appeal court on Tuesday ordered the arrest and retrial of the suspect, saying “the trial court made a major mistake as if it was trying a suspect other than the one who is present before it”.

It said the evidence presented by the prosecution was coherent; upholding the charge sheet which states that the suspect carried out the material element of the crime by using the firearm and firing the bullet that killed Abdel-Bagi.

Rights groups said that at least 200 people were killed in the protests but the government put the death toll at 77, saying it will form a commission of inquiry to find out who opened fire on the demonstrators.

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Mashood Baderin, last June said he received a report from the Sudanese ministry of justice about the protests of last September without elaborating on its contents.

Badrain said he would submit the report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) upcoming session next September.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Wedding in Juba - How can you tell if a bridegroom works for Nilepet? 2017-02-24 05:25:41 By Deng Kiir Akok The Nile Petroleum Corporation is a national Oil and Gas Corporation, which engages in oil exploration, production and marketing. Famous for its abbreviation Nilepet has been a (...)

Bashir’s congratulation for Trump remains double-edged sword 2017-02-21 08:47:41 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This is a note to the readers of this article about my use of the phrase double-edged sword. It means that Omar al-Bashir’s Speedy congratulation offer to Donald Trump (...)

South Sudan: Why ’NO’ for peace and ’YES’ for war 2017-02-20 20:45:12 By Tor Madira Machier The region and the International community has been on a campaign in a bid to end the civil war in South Sudan right after its inception in December 2013, yet the very (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.