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Higgins calls on U.S. State Department to seek justice for murdered John Granville

BY: The Sun Staff | February 22, 2013

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) expressed dismay at the news that the Sudanese president has pardoned an individual who aided in the escape of John Granville’s killers and pledged to work with the State Department to bring justice for the slain Buffalo native.

The State Department condemned the pardon immediately. In a statement from the US Embassy in Sudan they write, “The pardoning of Mustafa runs counter to previous assurances by the Government of Sudan to hold accountable all those involved in the murder of Granville and Rahama or those responsible in any way. In the interest of justice, we urge the Government of Sudan to immediately rescind the pardon and return Mustafa to prison to serve out his term. Failure to retract this pardon is contrary to the commitment of both the United States and Sudan to combat terrorism and hold accountable those responsible for terrorist acts.”

Higgins, in his letter to Secretary Kerry says, “…I encourage you to continue to bring the full weight of our diplomatic resources to bear to effect the repeal of Mustafa’s pardon and the capture of Hamad and Mohamed….I look forward to working with you to bring the remaining killers and conspirators to justice under your watch, so that the Granville family may have some measure of peace.”

In January the State Department posted a multi-million dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the men who killed Granville, were convicted and subsequently escaped.

Granville, a Buffalo native, and his driver, Abdel Rahman Abbas, were murdered by Islamic extremists shortly after leaving a New Year’s Eve event at the British Embassy in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum in 2008. At the time, John was working with USAID to improve communications and bring peace to the people of Sudan.

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