Sudanese with US residency on trial for protest

AP News
Posted: Jul 25, 2012 1:41 PM
Sudanese with US residency on trial for protest

CAIRO (AP) — A lawyer says a Sudanese court has charged his client with membership in an organization that incites violence against the regime. It's the first such serious criminal charge from the latest wave of anti-government protests.

Lawyer AlMutassem al-Haj Ahmed said Wednesday the charges against Rudwan Dawoud, as well as a second Sudanese, could carry a death sentence if it's proved they used violence.

Dawoud is married to an American and has a U.S. residency permit. He was arrested on July 4 in Khartoum.

A wave of protests started in Sudan in June following new austerity measures that increased the prices of fuel and basic commodities. The protests were partly inspired by Arab uprisings around the region.

The government responded with a harsh crackdown.