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Sudan hands police officers death sentences for killing protesters

Families take part in a sit-in to pay tribute to killed anti-regime demonstrators in Khartoum, Sudan on 4 January 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]
Families take part in a sit-in to pay tribute to killed anti-regime demonstrators in Khartoum, Sudan on 4 January 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

A Sudanese court yesterday sentenced six members of the country's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces to death for "killing protesters, including schoolchildren, in 2019."

Local media reported that the trial was held in the Kordofan state's capital city of Al-Obeid.

Two defendants were acquitted, while a minor was referred to a children's court.

"It is an individual act that emanates from the perpetrators' evil nature," Judge Mohamed Hassan Al-Rahma told reporters.

Protests erupted in July 2019 following the increasing price of bread and lack of fuel.

The Rapid Support Forces is a paramilitary force established in 2013 to support the government in its conflict with the rebels in the Darfur region. The majority of the RSF personnel were camel herders who formed armed groups called "the Janjaweed". Several human rights groups accuse them of committing crimes in Darfur under the regime of ousted President Omar Al-Bashir.

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