Sudan Sentences 27 intelligence Agents to hang for teacher’s illing

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KHARTOUM – A Sudanese court sentenced 27 members of the intelligence to death by hanging on Monday over the killing of a teacher detention in February during protests that led to the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir.

It was the first time courts have handed down convictions over crackdowns on demonstrations the months before and after Bashir was toppled in April.

Thirteen defendants were sentenced to prison terms and a four were acquitted the verdict, which could face several stages of appeal.

The death of teacher Ahmed al-Khair the eastern town of Khashm al-Qirba became a rallying point during 16 weeks of protests against Bashir’s rule.

Khair’s family said security officials initially claimed he had died of poisoning, though days later a investigation found he had died of injuries from beating.

Hundreds of people rallied outside the court Omdurman where the verdict was delivered on Monday, some waving flags or holding pictures of Khair.