Sudan Sentences 27 Intelligence Officers to Death for Teacher’s Killing

Sudan Sentences 27 Intelligence Officers to Death for Teacher’s Killing


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.”

Mr. al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court over his role in the atrocities in Darfur.



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