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Further information on UA 501/90 (AFR 54/43/90, 14 December) - Sudan: death penalty: Colonel Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Salih

, Index number: AFR 54/004/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 54/04/91
Distr: UA/SC
21 February 1991
Further information on UA 501/90 (AFR 54/43/90, 14 December) - DEATH
PENALTY
SUDAN Colonel Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Salih
Amnesty International has learned that Colonel Abdel-Rahim Mohamed
Salih's death sentence, which was passed during the first week of December
1990, has been commuted to life imprisonment. This means that the earliest
date when he may be released from prison is in 10 years' time.
The army newspaper al-Quwat-al-Musallaha said on Sunday 9 December that
Colonel Abdel-Rahim Mohamed had embezzled more than 14 million Sudanese
pounds (three million US dollars at the official exchange rate). This
was the first death sentence passed for embezzlement since the military
takeover in June 1989, since when the number of offences punishable by
death has been increased and now includes embezzlement.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telexes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing satisfaction about the commutation of the death sentence
imposed on Colonel Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Salih;
- urging the government to review other cases of people sentenced to
death with a view to commuting their sentences to more humane forms of
punishment.
APPEALS TO:
His Excellency Lieutenant General
Omar Hassan al-Bashir
Head of State and Chairman of
the National Salvation Revolution Command Council
People's Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telexes: 22385 PEPLC SD or 22411 KAID SD
2
Brigadier General Mohamed Saleh al-Zubeir
Vice President of the National Salvation Revolution Command Council
People's Palace PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telexes: 22736 PROC SD or 22380 AUAC SD
3
Lieutenant-Colonel Bakri Hassan Saleh
Member of the National Salvation Revolution Command Council
People's Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, Sudan
Telexes: 22736 PROC SD or 22380 AUAC SD
Brigadier Ahmed Mahmoud Hassan
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
COPIES 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 21 March
1991.

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