Friday, July 19, 2024
More
    HomeWorldFamily Says Sudan Freed Man Convicted of Killing US Diplomat

    Family Says Sudan Freed Man Convicted of Killing US Diplomat

    Family Says Sudan Freed Man Convicted of Killing US Diplomat

    CAIRO — Sudanese authorities have released a man convicted of the 2008 killing of a U.S. diplomat in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Khartoum, his family said Tuesday. The release followed a 2020 deal between and the Trump administration that included compensation settlements for killings of Americans.

    Abdel-Raouf Abu Zaid, designated a terrorist by the United States, was captured weeks after the shooting. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the killing of John Granville, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Granville's Sudanese driver.

    Abu Zaid spent most of the past 15 years behind bars in Kubar Prison in Khartoum and was released on Monday, according to his brother, Abdel-Malek Abu Zaid, who posted on social media showing the scene outside the prison following Abdel-Raouf's release.

    Abdel-Malek would not elaborate but one of the daily newspapers in the country, the Sudani, reported that the Abu Zaid family had paid blood money to the slain driver's family. Under Islamic law, or Sharia, which Sudan's judiciary follows, a convict can be pardoned if his victim's family is financially compensated.

    A spokesman for Sudan's ruling declined to comment on the case. Other officials could not be reached for comment.

    The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the reported release of Abdel-Raouf Abu Zaid, designated a terrorist in 2013 by the U.S., and was…

    Continue Reading This Article At Military.com

    Stay Connected

    34,572FansLike
    4,123FollowersFollow
    1,788FollowersFollow

    Latest articles

    AlphaDog Hosting Ad

    Related articles