MIDDLE EAST: Revenge in the Sudan

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat felt impelled to intervene. He telephoned Sudan's President, Major General Jaafar Numeiry, in Khartoum and offered a bit of advice: spare the life of Shafie Ahmed Sheikh, secretary-general of the Sudan's federation of trade unions, winner of the Lenin Peace Prize and a leader of the Arab world's strongest Communist Party (6,000 active members). Coolly, Numeiry said he would have been delighted to comply with the Egyptian request except for one thing —Sheikh had been hanged two hours before the telephone call.

Sheikh was one of three top-echelon...

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