SUDAN: 8 DARFUR REBEL DEATH SENTENCES ANNULLED TO 'BUILD CONFIDENCE'
September 20, 2019:
Sudan said on 19 September 2019 it had annulled death sentences against eight rebels from Darfur, a move aimed at "building confidence" with armed groups as new authorities attempt to bring peace to the war-torn region. (Sources: AFP, 19/09/2019)
The country's ruling sovereign council said it had also ordered the release of several other rebels who had previously battled government forces in Darfur.
The eight whose death sentences were cancelled are from the Sudan Liberation Army - Abdel Wahid group, sovereign council member Mohamed Al-Faki said in a statement.
It was unclear when they had been sentenced and on what charges.
The council also ordered the release of 18 imprisoned Darfur rebels, Faki said.
The decisions aim to "build confidence with the armed groups" and were part of a deal reached in South Sudan last week, he said.