Sudan Jails 9 Military Officers over “Coup” Plot

09.04.2013 Sudan
Sudan Jails 9 Military Officers over “Coup” Plot

Sudan Jails 9 Military Officers over “Coup” Plot

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Nine Sudanese military Officers have been sentenced to between two and five years in prison for their role in an alleged coup against the Sudanese government last year, a lawyer said on Sunday.

“Today the military court issued its decision about the members of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) who have been accused of a coup. It gave various jail sentences from five years to two years against nine of the soldiers,” one of their lawyers, Hashiem al-Jali, told AFP.All were expelled from the military but a 10th accused was freed for lack of evidence, Jali said.

He added that the heaviest sentence, five years, went to Brigadier Mohammed Ibrahim who played a role in the 1989 coup which brought the current regime of President Omar al-Bashir (photo) to power.

Most of the detainees are close to a vocal group of former volunteer mujahedeen fighters and an elite group within them called al-Saihun or “tourists for the sake of God.”

They are veterans of the country's 1983-2005 civil war.

Source: AFP

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