KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - Story Published: Jun 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM EDT. A Sudanese court convicted five people Wednesday in the slaying of an American diplomat last year and sentenced four of them to death. Gunmen firing from a car killed John Granville and his Sudanese driver on Jan. 1, 2008, as he was returning home from a New Year's party in Khartoum, Sudan's capital.
Granville, from Buffalo, N.Y., worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. The 33-year-old was working to implement a 2005 peace agreement between Sudan's north and south that ended more than two decades of civil war.
It was the first time an American had been killed in Sudan since 1973, when two diplomats were assassinated by Palestinian militants. Four of the defendants were convicted of murder, possession of firearms and other charges and sentenced to death by hanging, they were Muslim "fundamentalists" terrorists see prior story below from 2/10/08.
A Sudanese government official said that the attack appeared well planned. The assailants’ car sped in front of the diplomat’s car, cutting it off (near his home). Two gunmen got out of their car, with one of them shooting Mr. Granville and the other shooting the driver, the official said, 17 shots were pumped into the two victims.....that is not a random shooting it is a professional hit, a standard assaination technique used by al-Qaeda.
Sudan holds Muslim "fundamentalists" over US killing, Sun 10 Feb 2008, 12:45 GMT, By Andrew Heavens.....KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has arrested two Muslim "fundamentalists" in connection with the killings of a U.S. aid official and his driver in the capital Khartoum, security sources said on Sunday.
The two men, aged 25 and 30, were members of a group that was also behind a plot to bomb Western embassies in Khartoum that was uncovered in August, the security source told Reuters.It was the first official confirmation that a militant group may have been behind the double shooting. Some official sources in Sudan originally claimed that the killing was an "isolated incident".
The suspects opened fire when they were cornered on Saturday in a suburb of Omdurman, a city adjacent to the Sudanese capital, the SUNA state news agency reported. Security officers returned the fire.
Two policemen, a passing woman and the two suspects were wounded, none seriously, said the security source. "They are from the same group who tried to do the explosions ...They are fundamentalists," the source added, referring to the reported August bomb plot.