Sudan releases seven prisoners as part of amnesty

Sudanese officials say the government has released seven political prisoners, including a female politician, under an amnesty declared by President Omar al-Bashir.

Updated: Apr 02, 2013, 20:57 PM IST

Khartoum: Sudanese officials say the government has released seven political prisoners, including a female politician, under an amnesty declared by President Omar al-Bashir.

The official news agency says the prisoners were released yesterday at midnight from Kober prison in Sudan`s capital Khartoum, after they were held there for over two months without trial.

The detainees were all involved in the preparation and signing of the "New Dawn Charter," a document calling for the use of force to oust longtime leader al-Bashir. The document was signed in Kampala, Uganda, early this year.
An unspecified number of politicians, and military and intelligence officers remain in jail accused of plotting to overthrow al-Bashir, who seized power in a military coup in 1989.
Al-Bashir has said he intends to step down in 2015.

PTI