Sudanese court sentences Kalma resident to death by hanging in Darfur

October 24, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — A Sudanese court sentenced to death by hanging on Sunday a resident of Kalma camp in South Darfur for alleged attempt to kill a supporter of the Doha peace process, Sudan Tribune has learnt.

An elderly Sudanese refugee man at the refugee camp of Zamzam April 12, 10 (Reuters)

Hussein Hassan Abdel Kareem was arrested on July 22 by a pro-Doha group in the camp who delivered him to the Sudanese security service accusing him of being an anti-Doha activist inside the camp.

“The pro-Doha [group] lured Hussein that day telling him by telephone they want to meet them for an important matter. But when he met them, they beat […] and arrested him before to hand[ing] him over to the security service,” said a resident from the camp who requested anonymity.

Kalma residents are mostly supporters of Abdel Wahid Al-Nur, leader of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement, which refuses to participate in the peace process asking to improve the security situation and to protect the IDPs.

Since the establishment last February of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) led by a former governor of Darfur, the new group got some supporters insides the camps as the leader of this group El-Tigani El-Sissi belongs to the same ethnic group, Fur tribe, as Nur.

Based on the accounts of the security service a court in Nyala sentenced Hussein to death by hanging despite several witnesses from the displaced community attesting that the accused has nothing with politics and all the charges against him are unfounded.

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kalma say the government has recruited some people inside the camp to intimidate residents in an attempt to push them into leaving.

Kalma IDP camp, which is the home of some 100,000 residents, witnessed bloody clashes between pro and anti-Doha peace process in July this year.

The IDPs reached by Sudan Tribune decried the lack of justice in the region saying the trial was unfair.

“To successfully implement their own agendas, the authorities do not hesitate to sacrifice the life of an innocent civilian who did nothing wrong,” said another source from the camp.

South Darfur Governor Abdel Hamid Musa Kasha has said he is determined to remove Kalma camp which he described “as military base and political tribune” for the rebel leader Abdel Wahid Al-Nur who is not part of the peace process in Doha.


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