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Sudanese court sentences SRF officer to death for killing protester

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May 24, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - A Sudanese court on Monday sentenced a Rapid Support Forces (SRF) officer to death for killing a protester after the bloody attack on the pro-democracy sit-in on June 3, 2019.

Hanafi Abdel ShakourHanafi Abdel Shakour was killed by a military vehicle being driven by SRF Major Youssif Mohi al-Din al-Faki, in Omdurman.

Following the sentence, his family celebrated the death sentence and his comrades chanted slogans expressing their determination to achieve the goals of the revolution.

The judges before making their decision asked the family if they forgive the perpetrator and accept a financial settlement (Diyya), as provided in the Islam law but they refused this option and demanded retribution.

An investigation commission is still working on the 3 June 2019 attack by the SRF and security apparatus that resulted in the death of over 200 peaceful protesters.

On 23 May, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok met with the head of the independent commission Nabil Adeeb and renewed his commitment to providing all the needed support to him.

Following the murder of two protesters, Hamdok issued a statement saying they decided to summon Adeeb before the Council of Ministers to report the reasons for delaying the investigation.

In a related development, the judiciary authority on Monday issued a statement saying they received 8 lawsuits from the general prosecution.

The statement said the courts sentenced to death the security agents responsible for the killing of three people including Ahmed Khair, Azmi Fatehi Haroun, and al-Faki while the trial of the others continues.

(ST)

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