On 31 January, the criminal court in Omdurman, sentenced three men to amputation of the right hand from the joint after they found them guilty of theft. The trial process was tainted with several irregularities such as trial without legal representation.

KHARTOUM FEBRUARY 11:  Africa Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) calls on Sudanese authorities to overturn the sentence of amputation, order for a retrial of the convicts and guarantee the right to fair trial.

On 31 January 2023, the Alfth criminal court in Omdurman, Khartoum State headed by Judge Amir Ibrahim Bashir sentenced three Sudanese men to amputation of the right hand from the joint after he found them guilty of capital theft under Article 170 of the Sudanese Penal Code, 1991. The judge further sentenced the men to three years imprisonment for violating article 182 (criminal mischief) of the Sudanese Penal Code and also ordered them to pay 2,000,000 Sudanese Pounds (an equivalent of USD 3,500) as compensation to the complainant. The pseudo names of the men are:

  1. Ahmed, 22-years-old from Square 59 in Althura neighborhood in Omdurman
  2. Hassan, 26-years-old from Square 59 in Althura neighborhood
  3. Noor, 24-years-old from Square 14 in Althura neighborhood

ACJPS has been reliably informed that the trial process of the three men was tainted with several irregularities such as trial without legal representation, failure of the court to explain to the accused the gravity and penalty of the offenses and the reliance of court on the confessions as the only evidence to convict the accused. The men have been transferred to Kober federal prison in Khartoum where they will serve their sentence.

On 2 October 2022, the three men were arrested by police alongside other suspects. They were accused of stealing 52 gas cylinders in July 2021 while the other suspects were accused of receiving stolen money under article 181 of the Sudanese Penal Code, 1991. The fourth and fifth convicts were sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine of 1,000,000 SP (an equivalent of USD 1,750) while the sixth convict was sentenced to a fine of 1,000,000 SP (an equivalent of USD 1750).

Amputation was incorporated as a form of corporal punishment through the 1983 September laws that introduced Islamic reforms. However, as a state party to international and regional treaties that prohibit torture, or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, amputations as a form of state-sanctioned torture are a breach of Sudan’s human rights obligations.

ACJPS condemns the amputation sentence.

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