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Sudan army men jailed up to 5 years over 'coup': lawyer

A group of Sudanese military officers receive sentences ranging between two and five years for alleged coup against the Sudanese government last year

AFP , Sunday 7 Apr 2013
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A group of Sudanese military officers have been sentenced to between two and five years in prison for their role in an alleged coup against the Sudanese government last year, a lawyer said on Sunday.

"Today the military court issued its decision about the members of SAF who have been accused of a coup. It gave various jail sentences from five years to two years against nine of the soldiers," one of their lawyers, Hashiem Al-Jali, told AFP.

All were expelled from the military but a 10th accused was freed for lack of evidence, Jali said.

He added that the heaviest sentence, five years, went to Brigadier Mohammed Ibrahim who played a role in the 1989 coup which brought the current regime of President Omar al-Bashir to power.

Most of the detainees are close to a vocal group of former volunteer mujahedeen fighters and an elite group within them called Al-Saihun or "tourists for the sake of God".

They are veterans of the country's 1983-2005 civil war.

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