Khartoum, Sudan The body of a Sudan newspaper editor who had been accused of insulting Islam was recovered Wednesday, a day after he was kidnapped by gunmen, officials said.
Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed, the editor-in-chief of the independent daily Al-Wifaq, was kidnapped from his home in east Khartoum late Tuesday by a group of masked gunmen, police said. His body was found Wednesday in another part of the city, an Interior Ministry official said.
Police Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nagib al-Tayeb said that several suspects were arrested for alleged involvement, but declined to elaborate.
In May 2005, scores of Sudanese gathered in front of the capital's courthouse demanding a death sentence for Ahmed for insulting Islam, by republishing an article from the Internet that questioned the parentage of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Al-Wifaq daily was fined $3,200, and was temporarily suspended by the government for the article, which angered Muslims of different sects.
Ahmed denied the blasphemy charges and apologized in a letter to the press, saying he did not intend to insult the prophet.