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: Quash the Death Sentence of Mohammad Ali Taheri (UA 212/14)
Spiritual teacher Mohammad Ali Taheri has been on hunger strike since 13 August to protest against his death sentence and the Iranian authorities’ refusal to allow him access to his lawyers. His health is deteriorating. He is a prisoner of conscience.
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