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Sudan Sentences 29 to Death for Teacher’s Killing in Custody

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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Sudan has sentenced 29 people to death for the killing of a teacher in custody. Citing Al Jazeera, intelligence agents have been found guilty of deadly abuse against the detained teacher Mr. Ahmed al-Kheir in February. The Sudanese court system issued the sentence on Monday, December 30, 2019. The trial, citing Dabanga Sudan, commenced in Omdurman in August. 

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Four other officers were arrested and sentenced to a prison sentence of up to three years in prison. 

The 29 found guilty of the death penalty will be hanged on a date that has not yet been set, citing Judge Sadok Abdelrahman. 

The teacher was arrested in late January in the eastern province of Kassala. 

Citing the New York Times, this ruling has come a mere two weeks after al-Bashir’s initial arrest for money laundering and corruption. New York Times also states that Mr. al-Kheir was arrested at his home in Khasm el-Girba, which is in the eastern state of Kassala, on allegations that he helped to organize the political protests in January.

al-Kheir’s death fueled the fires of revolution. Sudan would no longer tolerate the injustices against one of their own_an educator, a jewel in the crown of their nation dragged through the mud. 

Itimad al-Mujamar, a representative of Sudan’s teacher’s union, called the convictions a “win for justice.”  

The death sentence of these 29 guilty intelligence officials is seen as a turning point in the democratic transition for this North African nation. Sudan has been locked in a bitter power struggle between the government, the military, and the people. Earlier this year, former corrupt president Omar al-Bashir was ousted and jailed. 

 

After their leader was thrown out via a military coup, other divisions of the military responded with extreme violence to the peacefully protesting public. In June 2019, the Janjaweed, the military division that handles public uprisings, marched on the city of Khartoum. This event became one of if not the very first massacre ever to be live-streamed from citizens’ mobile phones. The BBC collected the footage of 300+ mobile devices.

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Citing the Sudan Tribune, September through December 2019 saw Sudan and South Sudan signing arrangements to plan the official end of the ongoing war. While power must still be equally dispensed between the government, the military, and the people, it is a hopeful step. The people have the history of the slaughter to rally behind should their new government fail them. They will remember the arrest and torture of Ahmed al-Kheir. They will also hold the government to take the same justice on future oppressors that they are taking against the 29 capitally sentence and the four jailed along with al-Bashir himself. 

Bashir may have been ousted, but there are still some considerable opponents to establishing lasting peace in post-Bashir Sudan, citing Foreign Policy.  These post-Bashir obstacles will be tackled before Democratic elections. They are scheduled for 2022.

 

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