SUDAN ORDERS ANOTHER 11 DARFUR REBELS HANGED
|JEM fighters in Darfur region
April 22, 2009: a Sudanese court sentenced 11 members of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to death and acquitted five others for an unprecedented 2008 attack on Khartoum. Judge Samid Din Ismail referred one defendant to a juvenile court and another to mental hospital. The court gave the defence a week to appeal the ruling.
Defence lawyer Adam Bakr said he would appeal, but said the week-long appeal deadline "violates rules of justice."
The defendants yelled slogans after the judge read out the sentence, decrying what they said was an absence of justice and expressing support for JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim.
At least 60 JEM rebels have now been sentenced to death for the unprecedented attack on the capital's twin city of Omdurman in May 2008, including 10 who were ordered hanged on April 15. (Sources: AFP, 22/04/2009)