US condemns Mustafa pardon

Comment on this story
IOL pic jan16 sudan bashir Reuters Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. File photo: Noor Khamis, Reuters

 

Khartoum -

The United States has strongly condemned Sudan's granting of a presidential pardon to a man convicted in the jailbreak of four men sentenced to death for killing two US embassy staffers.

The pardoning of Mubarak Mustafa runs counter to previous assurances by Sudan that it would hold accountable all those involved in the murders, or who were responsible in any way, a statement from the American embassy said late on Monday.

John Granville, an American working for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and his driver, Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, a USAID employee, died in a hail of bullets on New Year's Day 2008 in Khartoum.

Their killers, along with two co-conspirators, were convicted of murder in 2009 and sentenced to death. In June 2010, the four escaped by burrowing a tunnel, killing a Sudanese police officer and wounding another.

One of the men was later recaptured, while a second was believed to have been killed in Somalia in May 2011.

“Mubarak Mustafa was convicted of assisting the men to escape,” the embassy said.

“Failure to retract this pardon is contrary to the commitment of both the United States and Sudan to combat terrorism and hold accountable those responsible for terrorist acts.” - Sapa-AFP


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.