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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Sudan

In what seems to be more of a gesture than anything else, the Sudanese  government has responded to international pressure by prosecuting a couple of alleged Janjaweed militia members. However Reuters reports that there are doubts that the men in government captivity are really Janjaweed members.
 
What really got me was the punishment being metered out, sounds like something out of your worst biblical nightmare.
 
"The court in the South Darfur state capital of Nyala sentenced the men, accused of membership in the so-called Janjaweed militia, to execution, crucifixion, cross-amputation, imprisonment or fines, a statement from presiding judge Mukhtar Ibrahim Adam said."
 
In case you were wondering:
 
"Cross-amputation means the amputation of a left hand and a right foot, or the other way round. It is the punishment prescribed in the Koran for "those who wage war against God and his Prophet and strive to make mischief in the land".

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