11 May 2018 :
Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir pardoned five members of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) who had been sentenced to death by military courts.
The presidential decree includes Ibrahim Abdel-Rahman Saffi al-Nur, Yahia Abbaker Musa al-Nur, Ibrahim Ali al-Rashid Abdel-Gadir, Mohamed Ibrahim al-Doma and Azrag Daldoom Adam Haroun.
Except for Yahia Abbaker Musa al-Nur who was arrested with Ibrahim al-Maz in West Darfur state in January 2011, all the others took part in the attack on the Sudanese capital in May 2008.
The decision to drop the death penalty has been taken in response to an appeal by the of the national dialogue parties and to promote the national reconciliation atmosphere, reads the decree.
JEM leadership member Mohamed Zakaria who is also the spokesperson of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front led by Minni Minnawi welcomed the presidential amnesty and called to release the remaining prisoners of war.
"It is a positive step no doubt," Zakaria said.
However, added that JEM members detained after Goz Dango operation in April 2015 are still in jail.