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Sudan court sentences 15-year-old to death 

Members of Sudanese security stand guard during the trial of deposed president Omar al-Bashir for graft at a court in the capital Khartoum, on 14 December, 2019 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images]
Members of Sudanese security stand guard at a court in the capital Khartoum, on 14 December 2019 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]

The Sudanese cabinet expressed it unease following a court decision to execute a 15-year-old boy, local media reported.

Abbas Muhammad Nur, was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing his friend in the Rifa’a region in 2013, when he was 15 and a half year old.

Sudan Alintibaha newspaper reported on Sunday that “cabinet officials are troubled by the court’s ruling which violates the constitution which prohibits the execution of children”, it also said cabinet members fear the ruling could “impact Sudan’s foreign relations”.

The newspaper quoted an informed source as saying that “senior leaders in the Council of Ministers are concerned that the death sentence could impact Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok’s future foreign travel, especially to the United States of America.”

The source explained that the ruling was issued in accordance with the criminal act which says that 15-year-old can be sentenced to death if they show signs of puberty.

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