SUDAN: TWO JEM FIGHTERS HANGED IN KHARTOUM
September 16, 2014: Sudan hanged two people convicted over the killing of Chinese oil workers and damaging an oil pipeline in troubled South Kordofan State six years ago.
They were executed at the Federal Kober Prison in Khartoum, Sudanese Ministry of Justice confirmed in a statement.
They were fighters of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) found guilty of killing the Chinese workers who were working at the Abu Dafra oil field in West Kordofan in 2008.
JEM strongly condemned the execution of the convicts whom he described as freedom fighters.
JEM spokesman Jibril Adam Bilal claimed none of its ex combatants were involved in the death of the Chinese and described the trial of the pair as politically motivated.
On 18 October 2008, nine Chinese oil workers and a Sudanese driver were said to have been abducted from the Abu Dafra oilfield. The bodies of five Chinese workers were found a few days later near the area where they were abducted. (Sources: APA, 16/09/2014)