Sudan ‘to pay Kenya and Tanzania terror victims’

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By Lorlornyofm December 9, 2019 14:20

Sudan ‘to pay Kenya and Tanzania terror victims’

Image caption: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has just concluded his first US visit

Sudan has promised to pay compensation to families of victims of the 1998 US embassies bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in an interview with the US-based newspaper that his country would give the compensation to Kenyan and Tanzanian families in a few weeks.

However, lawyers for victims of the bombings are not convinced that this would happen, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reports.

Mr Hamdok was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal during his first official visit to the US, during which he asked for the removal of Sudan from the US terrorism list.

He was quoted as saying that Sudan has consulted at length with the US and met most of the requirements for its removal from the list.

He added that only two major obstacles remain: settling the cases related to the bombings and co-operating with the US in combating terrorism.

US courts have held Sudan liable for $10bn (£7.6bn) in damages – $5.9bn of which they say should go to survivors of the 1998 attack.

More than 220 people were killed in the coordinated bombings in the two cities, and nearly 5,000 people were injured.

The bombings were carried out by al-Qaeda, which was accused of running training camps in Sudan.

A lawyer involved in the case, Chicago-based Gavriel Mairone, wrote to the Daily Nation to say he had contacted the Sudanese government’s lawyers, and had outlined “creative proposals” to resolve the dispute.

“The road forward requires the government of Sudan to demonstrate its commitment to international norms through deeds, and not merely aspirational words,” he wrote.

Source:BBC

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