June 22, 2010 / 12:36 PM / 7 years ago

Sudan recaptures killer of US official: newspaper

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<p>Sudanese military forces parade in their tanks during Independence Day celebrations in Khartoum, December 31, 2008.Mohamed Nureldin</p>

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese security officers have recaptured one of four men who escaped from prison after being sentenced to death for the murder of a U.S. aid official and his driver, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

There was no immediate official comment on the story, published in the Khartoum daily Akhbar al-Yawm.

"The National Intelligence and Security Service has captured the escaped prisoner Abdel Raouf Abu Zaid Mohamed Hamzah, who is one of the four men sentenced to death for the murder of U.S. diplomat John Granville and his Sudanese driver Abdelrahman Abbas," said the paper, quoting "reliable sources".

The paper said the fugitive was captured in Sudan's Khartoum state but gave no more details of the arrest.

Granville and driver Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, both employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), were shot as they drove home from New Year celebrations in Khartoum early on January 1 2008.

Abdel Raouf, the son of a well known Islamic preacher, was sentenced to death alongside three other men for the killings. All four denied murder, saying taped confessions had been extracted under torture. The prosecution described them as religious extremists.

The four managed to escape through sewerage pipes in Khartoum's Kober prison earlier this month and shot dead a police officer as they fled past a checkpoint outside the capital, police said.

The U.S. embassy in Khartoum demanded an investigation into how the men had managed to escape from one of Sudan's most secure prisons.

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