On June 24, 2009, a Sudanese court convicted five men of the January 2008 murder of two US Agency for International Development (USAID) employees. Mohamed Makkawi Ibrahim Mohamed and Abdel Basit al-Hajj Hassan were found guilty of firing shots that killed USAID workers John Granville and Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama while they were returning from a New Year's Eve party. The conviction prompted the US Embassy in Khartoum to issue a Warden Security Message warning US citizens to avoid downtown Khartoum in light of possible anti-American and anti-Western demonstrations in response to the rulings. Strained international diplomatic ties with Sudan continue following political pressure to control the situation in Darfur.
Coat of arms of Sudan
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