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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Saudi Arabia: Quash All Convictions Against Mikhlif al-Shammari (UA 169/13)
Saudi Arabian human rights defender, Mikhlif al-Shammari, had his sentence of two years in prison and 200 lashes upheld by a court of appeal on 2 November. He is at risk of being imprisoned and flogged at any time. If detained he will be considered a prisoner of conscience.
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