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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Iran: Free Hossein Ronaghi Maleki (UA 236/13)
Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been told he must return to prison, to resume serving his 13-year sentence. He has been on medical leave since mid-June, for urgent specialized medical care. If he returns to jail, he would be a prisoner of conscience.