A death sentence was given by the Sudanese court to the paramilitary officer who was charged of killing a demonstrator during a deadly breakup of a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum, in 2019.
The officer, Youssef Mohieldin al-Fiky, a major with the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, rammed a protester with his car as security forces were dispersing a sit-in outside the military headquarters in June 2019.
Al-Fiky forced his car into 22-year-old Abdel-Shakour, in Omdurman, a city adjacent to Khartoum.
The report revealed that the trial had began more than a year later, in July 2020, in Khartoum’s Judicial and Legal Science Institute. Judges held 26 hearings before their ruling on Monday.
The verdict can be appealed before a higher court.
According to videos which went viral on social media, dozens of people outside the courthouse cheered the court ruling. Abdel-Shakour’s family were also seen hugging each other and praying.
The protester, Hanafy Abdel-Shakour, was one of over 120 people killed during the brutal crackdown on demonstrators in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan that June.
Two months after the military ousted the then-President Omar al-Bashir amid a public uprising against his nearly three-decade autocratic rule.
Ever since al-Bashir’s ouster, Sudan has been on a fragile path to democracy and is ruled by a joint military-civilian government. Monday’s ruling was the first of its kind CGTN Africa reports.