Four Sudanese protesters accused of murdering a police officer appeared in court in Khartoum on Sunday. The young men, accused of fatally stabbing a police, have disputed the accusations leveled against them. Relatives and lawyers for the men have accused the coup authorities of torture.
KHARTOUM May 31: Four Sudanese protesters accused of murdering a police officer appeared in court in Khartoum amid anti-military protests and a heavy police presence. The trial began in Khartoum on Sunday.
The men, accused of fatally stabbing a police brigadier-general in January, have disputed the accusations leveled against them. This comes as coup leader Abdul Fattah al-Burhan lifted a state of emergency imposed in October and called for the release of people detained under that order.
The defendants, who have become emblems of the anti-military protest movement, deny the charges. Relatives and lawyers for the men whose trial started on Sunday have accused authorities of torturing at least one of them, known by his nickname Tupac.
Amnesty International says in a statement that “there are credible concerns the youths were abducted and held without charge, in violation of their due process rights, and subjected to torture while in detention. The Sudanese authorities must release them unless they are charged and remanded by an independent court.”
There is great concern about the independence of the court.
Amnesty International has published a Template Letter that can be sent to the Attorney General to ask for the detainees’ immediate release.