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7 Sudan officers jailed over coup plot walk free

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Seven Sudanese military officers sent to jail after being convicted over a coup attempt walked free on Wednesday, just more than a week after they were sentenced, an AFP reporter witnessed.

The seven converged on the home of Brigadier Mohammed Ibrahim, who had received the heaviest sentence of five years in prison.

Wearing civilian clothes and shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greater), they were greeted by hundreds of supporters, relatives and neighbours as celebratory gunfire sounded.

It was not immediately clear why they were freed early but they had requested a presidential pardon on April 9, two days after they were sentenced.

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