Sudan frees more political prisoners

2013-04-11 16:54

Khartoum - Four members of Sudan's opposition Popular Congress Party have been released under a presidential amnesty after more than eight years in prison, the party said on Thursday.

"They have been freed today after spending 103 months in prison," said Kamal Omer, the party's chief of political affairs.

He said they had been sentenced to 15 years in prison over a "coup" plot.

President Omar al-Bashir on 1 April announced that all political prisoners would taste freedom as the government seeks a broad political dialogue, "including [with] those who are armed".

Thursday's release brings to 11 the number of political detainees known to have been freed so far.