Khartoum: Four Sudanese Islamists
sentenced to hang for the New Year`s Eve murder of a US
diplomat and his driver in Khartoum have escaped from prison,
a security source said on Friday.
"The four men escaped yesterday (on Thursday) from the
Kober jail" in northern Khartoum, the source told agency, on
condition of anonymity.
John Granville, 33, worked for the US Agency for
International Development (USAID). He and his driver, Abdel
Rahman Abbas, 40, were shot dead in their car on January 1,
2008 as they returned from a New Year`s Eve celebration.
Sudanese authorities charged five young Islamists with
the double murder, of whom four were handed the death penalty.
The other man was sentenced to two years in prison for
providing the arms and released in 2009.
Two influential journalists with Al-Intibaha newspaper
called earlier this week on President Omar al-Beshir to give
the four men an amnesty, after they had appeals turned town.
In line with Islamic law, the victims` families were
asked in court whether they forgave the defendants, sought
compensation from them or wanted to see the death penalty
The death sentences were first handed down in June but
suspended in August after Abbas`s father forgave the men. The
convictions were renewed in October when both families
formally called for the sentence to be carried out.