Sudan: 30 men sentenced to death after unfair trials
Human Rights Watch (HRW) publicou esta semana unha nota de prensa sobre as trinta condenas a morte dictadas en Sudán por tribunais especiais “antiterroristas”, onde os xuízos non tiveron as mínimas garantías como para seren considerados xustos.
A nota de prensa leva por título “Sudan: End Sham Trials by Anti-Terror Courts. 30 Men Sentenced to Death After Unfair Trials”. Copio un extracto do seu contido:
Sudan’s Anti-Terrorism Special Courts in late July sentenced 30 alleged rebels to death in trials that fell far short of international fair trial standards, HRW said today. HRW urged the government to abolish the hastily created special courts and instead prosecute all cases in the regular courts according to the 2005 National Interim Constitution.
The special court trials began on June 18, 2008 in Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman. The chief justice hastily established the special courts on May 29 to try individuals accused of participating in the May 10 attack on the capital, Khartoum, by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel group. The death sentences were handed down on July 29 and 31.
“The special courts set up by Sudan to try alleged rebels who attacked Khartoum are a charade,” said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The special courts don’t meet even minimal fair trial standards, and yet they have the power to sentence people to death.”
The special courts imposed limits on the defendants’ ability to make their case that in effect denied them the right to a fair trial. Defendants had only limited access to lawyers, some of whom withdrew from the court because the judge denied them access to their clients. Human Rights Watch documented cases in which the defendants were not allowed to see the evidence against them. Several defendants retracted their confession when giving evidence in court after allegedly confessing to the crimes under torture. The special courts did not apply the 1994 Evidence Act, relying instead on accomplice testimony and media reports, but refusing alibis for defendants and denying defendants the right to fully contest the evidence. […]
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