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Sudan war crimes court sentences two to death

[JURIST] A court created by Sudan [JURIST news archive] to try war-crimes suspects for atrocities committed in the Darfur [JURIST news archive] region of the country has sentenced two soldiers to death for the killing of a Sudanese citizen. The court issued the sentences, the first since it was established, on Wednesday. The two soldiers were convicted of torturing and killing the person, who they accused of carrying out anti-government activities, according to the Sudan News Agency. Few details from the case have been released. Sudan created the court to try suspects in an attempt to avoid having to hand them over to the International Criminal Court [official website], which the UN Security Council [official website] authorized to try Darfur suspects [JURIST report] earlier this year. At least 180,000 people have been killed in the region in conflicts between rebel forces and a government-backed Arab militia. The Sudan Tribune has local coverage of the sentences. AP has more.

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