Sudan rebels to face hangman

KHARTOUM - A Sudanese court yesterday sentenced to death 10 members of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement for an unprecedented attack last year on the Sudanese capital.

The men were found guilty of involvement in the attack on the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman in May. Three others were acquitted and will be freed, the court said.

After the sentence was announced, the men raised their shackled hands and shouted in unison "Allah Akbar" (God is great) and "Revolution until victory".

The men were found guilty of 12 charges, including treason and violence against the state. The group has seven days to appeal the decision.

The sitting judge rejected requests for leniency from their lawyers.

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds injured when the rebels launched the surprise attack.

The rebels drove across hundreds of miles of desert to reach the capital and were only repelled at a bridge a few kilometres away from the presidential palace. - Reuters