Sudan’s military rulers pardon 2 rebel leaders

Sudan's military rulers pardon 2 rebel leaders

Sudan’s military rulers have pardoned two rebel leaders who had been sentenced to death in absentia.

Malik Agar, head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), and his deputy Yasir Arman were given the death penalty in 2014 for their participation in a rebellion against Omar al-Bashir’s government.

The uprising began in Blue Nile State in September 2011.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of military council that overthrew Mr Bashir in April, issued the pardon, state-owned Sudan TV said.

The station said that the amnesty included “other leaders”, but did not give their names.

The constitutional declaration signed last weekend by the ruling TMC and Sudan’s opposition coalition provides for a general amnesty for those political leaders and armed group members sentenced by the previous regime.

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