The sentence of cross amputation passed on 16-year-old Mohamed Hassan Hamdan, member of the Ja'afra ethnic group (an Arab group in South Darfur), was quashed in December 2003 by the Appeal Court in Nyala, South Darfur State, on the grounds that the accused was a child. The sentence was commuted to a year of imprisonment in a reformatory. Mohamed Hassan Hamdan has now been sent to a reformatory in Khartoum. External pressure from the UA Network was reportedly one factor that led authorities to reconsider the sentence.
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DR Congo: Human Rights Activist Held Incommunicado (UA 23/15)
Human rights activist Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba was arrested by armed men in military police uniform on 21 January. His whereabouts remain unknown and he is at risk of enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment.