Four on death row for US envoy murder escape: Sudan police
Fri, Jun 11, 2010

KHARTOUM, SUDAN - Four Sudanese Islamists sentenced to hang for the 2008 murder of a US diplomat have escaped from prison, a security source told AFP on Friday.

"It's true. The four men escaped yesterday (Thursday) from the Kober jail" in northern Khartoum, the source said, on condition of anonymity, referring to a report in the pro-government daily Al-Rai Al-Aam.

A US embassy spokesman said "we have read those reports and are reviewing them."

John Granville, 33, worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

He and his driver, Abdel Rahman Abbas, 40, were fatally shot in their car on January 1, 2008 as they returned from a New Year's Eve party.

Sudanese authorities charged five young Islamists with the double murder, of whom four were handed the death penalty in June 2009. --AFP





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