Picture: (AFP/HO/File/Stuart Price)

This handout picture from the Albany Associates shows fighters from the Justice and Equality Movement riding on the back of a vehicle at an undisclosed location in Sudan’s western Darfur region. A Sudanese court has sentenced another 10 alleged Darfur rebels to death over an unprecedented attack on the capital last May in which more than 222 people were killed.

SUDAN SENTENCES 10 MORE ‘DARFUR REBELS’ TO DEATH

A Sudanese court today sentenced another 10 alleged Darfur rebels to death over an unprecedented attack on the capital last May in which more than 222 people were killed.

The special court, one of four set up to try those rounded up in a security crackdown following the May 10 assault, also transferred three other suspects to a juvenile tribunal.

Two days ago, Judge Muntasim Mohamed Saleh handed down death sentences to eight men, all accused of being members of the Justice and Equality Movement rebel group, in the first such verdicts over the May
attack.

Sudan has put on trial dozens of suspects under counter-terrorism and criminal laws over the May attack, the first time that decades of regional conflict reached the capital.

Those hauled before the courts have included Abdul Aziz Ashur, senior JEM commander and brother-in-law of overall leader Khalil Ibrahim. Ashur was not among the eight sentenced today.

Defence lawyers have argued that the special courts are unconstitutional and do not guarantee their clients’ legal rights.

Under Sudanese law, any death sentence must be ratified by both an appeal court and the high court. Then all death warrants must be signed and approved by President Omar al-Beshir.

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