Sudan releases 7 prisoners as part of amnesty

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In this Monday, April,1, 2013 photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir reviews an honor guard as he arrives to address  Parliament in Khartoum. Sudanese officials say the government has released seven political prisoners, including a female politician, under an amnesty declared by al-Bashir. An unspecified number of politicians, and military and intelligence officers remain in jail accused of plotting to overthrow al-Bashir, who seized power in a military coup in 1989. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)
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KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese officials say the government has released seven political prisoners, including a female politician, under an amnesty declared by President Omar al-Bashir.

The official news agency says the prisoners were released Monday at midnight from Kober prison in Sudan's capital Khartoum, after they were held there for over two months without trial.

The detainees were all involved in the preparation and signing of the "New Dawn Charter," a document calling for the use of force to oust longtime leader al-Bashir. The document was signed in Kampala, Uganda, early this year.

An unspecified number of politicians, and military and intelligence officers remain in jail accused of plotting to overthrow al-Bashir, who seized power in a military coup in 1989.

Al-Bashir has said he intends to step down in 2015.

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