AFRICA/SUDAN - Cardinal Wako's would-be assailant released from prison on grounds of mental instability

Monday, 22 November 2010

Khartoum (Agenzia Fides) – Hamdan Mohamed Abdurrahman, the man who tried to kill Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, Archbishop of Khartoum (Sudan), has been released, being deemed incapable of understanding or free will. This is what has been reported by Sudan Catholic Radio (SCR).
On October 10, during the Mass for the celebration of the feast of St. Daniel Comboni, the man was stopped by the Master of Ceremonies, as he approached the altar with a traditional sword.
“It has emerged now that after more than a month in jail, Mr. Mohamed was freed because the police said he is not mentally accountable. It is not clear if the man was seen by doctors to declare he did not qualify to stand trial on the grounds of mental illness or if he needs psychiatric treatment,” says SCR. (LM) (Agenzia Fides 22/11/2010)