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Six paramilitary soldiers sentenced to death in Sudan

BY: bbc.com
Six protesters were killed during demonstrations over fuel and food shortages
Six protesters were killed during demonstrations over fuel and food shortages

A Sudanese court has sentenced six members of a paramilitary group to death for killing protesters during the 2019 demonstrations over fuel and food shortages.

The shooting of the six protesters, who included four schoolchildren, sparked days of violent protests across Sudan.

Issuing the sentence, Judge Ahmed Hassan al-Rahma said the six members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) used unnecessary and excessive force during the July 2019 protests.

The six are sentenced to be hanged, but under Sudanese law they can appeal.

Another RSF member was referred to a juvenile court as he was below 18 at the time of the demonstrations.

One of the accused was acquitted.

Credit: The BBC