Document - Further information on EXTRA 53/92 (AFR 54/20/92, 19 May) - Sudan: death penalty: Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr, Zaki Hassan Bashir Nasr, Fadul Sultan Karkola, Mohamedein Suleiman Bakheit








EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: AFR 54/22/92

Distr: UA/SC


28 May 1992


Further information on EXTRA 53/92 (AFR 54/20/92, 19 May 1992) - Death Penalty


SUDAN:Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr, former embassy official

Zaki Hassan Bashir Nasr, agriculturalist, businessman

Fadul Sultan Karkola, domestic employee

Mohamedein Suleiman Bakheit, domestic employee





The execution of Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr, reportedly scheduled for 23 May 1992, did not take place but Amnesty International believes he remains under sentence of death. It appears that the government has decided to temporarily postpone carrying out the execution.


Amnesty International is still seeking information about whether Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr had the opportunity to appeal to a higher court against his conviction and sentence. There has been no official announcement on the fate of the other three men. Amnesty International remains concerned that, like Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr, the other three men named above are at risk of execution.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr, an official at the Sudanese Embassy in Saudi Arabia until he was recalled to Khartoum and dismissed from the army in December 1991, was arrested on 30 December 1991 at his home in Khartoum North. Arrested with him were his brother, Zaki Hassan Bashir Nasr, who is an agriculturalist and businessman, and Fadul Sultan Karkola and Mohamedein Suleiman Bakheit, domestic employees of the family. The four men went on trial in February 1992 accused of spying for a foreign country and opponents of the military government. It has been reported that they were tortured while in the custody of the security services. (See UA 09/92,

AFR 54/01/92 of 8 January 1992 for more information about Nasr and Zaki Hassan Bashir Nasr).


Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters

- expressing concern at reports that Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr remains under sentence of death, even though his execution was not carried out as originally scheduled, and seeking clarification about his current situation;

- seeking information on the sentences passed against Zaki Hassan Bashir Nasr, Fadul Sultan Karkola and Mohamedein Suleiman Bakheit;

- enquiring whether Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr's trial was fair, and in particular whether the judges had legal training and were independent and impartial;

- asking whether Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr has been allowed the right to appeal to a higher court, referring to this as one of the basic safeguards adopted by the United Nations in May 1984 to protect the rights of anyone facing the death penalty;

- explaining Amnesty International's opposition to the death penalty;

- appealing for commutation of Nasr Hassan Bashir Nasr's death sentence.


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APPEALS TO:


1. His Excellency Lieutenant General

Omar Hassan al-Bashir

Head of State and Chairman of the National Salvation Revolutionary Command Council (NSRCC)

People's Palace

PO Box 281

Khartoum, Sudan

Telegrams:Lt Gen Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Khartoum, Sudan

Telexes:22385 PEPLC SD; 22411 KAID SD


2. Brigadier-General al-Zubeir Mohamed Saleh

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Deputy Chairman of the NSRCC

People's Palace

PO Box 281

Khartoum, Sudan

Telegrams:Brig-Gen al-Zubeir Mohamed Saleh, Khartoum, Sudan

Telexes:22842 WZARA SD; 22604 IPOL SD


3. Minister of Justice and Attorney-General

Ministry of Justice

Khartoum, Sudan

Telexes:22459 KHRJA SD; 22461 KHRJA SD (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:


Mr Jalal Ali Lutfi

Chief Justice

Law Courts

Khartoum, Sudan


Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PO BOX 873, Khartoum

Sudan


and to diplomatic representatives of SUDAN in your country.


PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 19 June 1992.

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