KHARTOUM: The United States has strongly condemned Sudan’s granting of a presidential pardon to a man convicted in the jailbreak of four men sentenced to death for killing two US embassy staffers.
The pardoning of Mubarak Mustafa runs counter to previous assurances by Sudan that it would hold accountable all those involved in the murders, or who were responsible in any way, a statement from the American embassy said late yesterday.
John Granville, an American working for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and his driver, Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, a USAID employee, died in a hail of bullets on New Year’s Day 2008 in Khartoum.
Their killers, along with two co-conspirators, were convicted of murder in 2009 and sentenced to death.
In June 2010, the four escaped by burrowing a tunnel, killing a Sudanese police officer and wounding another.