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Cablegate: Embassy Khartoum

R 150745Z NOV 89
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0155

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 12543

S/CT FOR WHARTON

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PTER SU
SUBJ: SUDAN: 1989 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT

REFS: A) STATE 363024, B) KHARTOUM 11147, C) KHARTOUM 10671

1. THE 1989 ANNUAL TERRORIST REPORT FOR SUDAN IS AS
FOLLOWS.

2. THE APPEAL PROCEDURE CONTINUED IN 1989 FOR THE FIVE
DEFENDANTS SENTENCED TO HANG FOR THE MAY 15, 1988,
BOMBINGS AT THE ACROPOLE HOTEL AND THE SUDAN CLUB, WHICH
TOOK SEVEN LIVES. ON SEPTEMBER 25, SUDAN'S DEPUTY CHIEF
JUSTICE ABDUL MONFIM AL NAHAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE CHARGE
IN THE CASE WOULD BE CHANGED FROM SECTION 252 OF SUDAN'S
PENAL CODE TO SECTION 251 (REF C). THIS CHANGE COULD
PERMIT THE DEFENDANTS TO ESCAPE THE DEATH PENALTY IF THE
VICTIMS' KIN ACCEPTED COMPENSATION (DIA) FROM THE GUILTY
PARTIES. IN OCTOBER THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE
KIN OF THE VICTIMS (FIVE BRITISH AND TWO SUDANESE) WOULD
BE ASKED TO INDICATE BEFORE JANUARY 3, 1990, WHETHER THEY
WOULD PARDON THE MURDERERS, WITH OR WITHOUT COMPENSATION
(REF B). IF THE KIN DID NOT RESPOND OR REFUSED PARDON,
THE COURT WOULD ORDER THE EXECUTIONS.

3. THE PLO MAINTAINS A CAMP NEAR SUDAN'S RED SEA COAST
FOR FIGHTERS EVACUATED FROM LEBANON IN 1982. IN 1989
THIS CAMP MAINTAINED ITS PREVIOUS LEVELS OF SIZE AND
ACTIVITY. THE GOVERNMENT OBSERVES ACTIVITY AT THE CAMP
CLOSELY.

4. THE GOVERNMENT MADE NO PUBLIC STATEMENTS IN 1989 IN
SUPPORT OF A TERRORIST-SUPPORTING COUNTRY ON A TERRORIST
ISSUE.

CHEEK

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