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Newsline: U.S. calls on Sudan to reverse ruling freeing convict in U.S. diplomat’s killing

The United States on Thursday called on the Sudanese government to use all available legal means to reverse a decision this week to release a Sudanese man facing the death penalty in the killing of a U.S. diplomat in 2008. Abdelraouf Abuzeid was found guilty, along with others, in the killing of American John Granville and a Sudanese colleague, who both worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and were killed by gunmen in Khartoum. “We call on the Sudanese government to exercise all available legal means to reverse this decision and to re-arrest Abuzeid,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters. Officials met with the Sudanese ambassador to the United States on Thursday and the U.S. ambassador to Sudan, John Godfrey, is engaging Sudanese officials at the highest levels on the issue, Price said. Peter Lord, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa, Sudan and South Sudan will also take up the issue and demand action when he travels to Khartoum next week, Price said. “We will not relent,” Price said. (https://neuters.de/world/us-calls-reversal-decision-release-sudanese-man-found-guilty-killing-diplomat-2023-02-02/) Abuzeid’s brother said on Monday that his sibling was released by Sudan’s high court based on a multimillion dollar 2020 settlement between Sudan and victims of attacks including the one that killed Granville.

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