Ten to die over Sudan beheading

Other News Materials 11 November 2007 06:29 (UTC +04:00)

(BBC) - Ten men have been sentenced to death over the murder last year of Sudanese newspaper editor Mohammed Taha.

There was a national outcry when Taha's decapitated body was found in a street in Khartoum after he was kidnapped.

At the end of a nine-month trial, 10 men from a Darfur tribe now face death - unusually by firing squad, according to a member of their defence team.

Kamal Omar said that was a punishment normally reserved for the military, and had no basis in the law.

Members of Taha's family cried "Long live justice!" as the verdicts were pronounced in the courtroom in Khartoum, AFP news agency reported.

The men - who belong to the Fur tribe from the troubled region of Darfur - did not react.

Capital punishment in Sudan is normally by hanging, and Mr Omer accused the court of being influenced by the political establishment. He said the men would appeal against their sentences.