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12 Darfur rebels get death penalty

August 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A Sudanese anti-terrorism court condemned 12 men to death for their role in a Darfur rebel attack outside Khartoum.

The men chanted "God is great" and "We welcome death" as the judge passed sentence in the heavily guarded court, bringing the number of men facing death by hanging over the assault to 50.

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds injured when Darfur rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement attacked in May.

Rights groups have accused the Sudanese government of making hundreds of arbitrary arrests and torturing suspects.

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