NAIROBI, Kenya — A Sudanese court on Monday sentenced to death 27 members of the national intelligence service over the killing of a teacher, the latest in a series of convictions and investigations this month targeting the government of the deposed president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
The court sentenced the men in the killing of Ahmed al-Kheir, a teacher who died in custody in February during mass protests against Mr. al-Bashir’s rule. Mr. al-Kheir, 36, was arrested in January from his home in Khashm el-Girba, in the eastern state of Kassala, on allegations that he had helped to organize the protests, according to news reports.
On Monday, dozens of security officers filled the court as the judge read the charges against the accused, who were seated in a dock surrounded by metal bars. As the ruling proceeded, some of the defendants repeatedly yelled, “Monsters!”
Itimad al-Mujamar, a representative of the Sudanese teacher’s union, said at a news conference on Monday that the convictions were “a win for justice.”
The ruling, he said, “sends a message to the other martyrs of the revolution and their families that we are intent on getting our lost rights back.”
Outside the court in Omdurman, the country’s most populous city, a large crowd gathered, many of them carrying the Sudanese flag and holding pictures of Mr. al-Kheir.
The ruling came weeks after another court convicted Mr. al-Bashir, 75, of money laundering, and sentenced him to two years in a rehabilitation facility, citing his age. Mr. al-Bashir ruled Sudan for almost three decades but was ousted in April after months of protests precipitated by high bread prices persuaded military commanders to turn against him.
In August, Sudan’s generals and protest leaders formed an 11-member sovereign council to govern the country for three years, until elections can be held.
This month, Sudan’s attorney general also said the government would open investigations into the crimes committed in the western region of Darfur during Mr. al-Bashir’s rule. About 300,000 people were killed in the conflict there, and some 2.7 million were forced from their homes, according to the United Nations.
Mr. al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court over his role in the atrocities in Darfur.