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Topic - Grigory Kostusyev
Seven presidential candidates who ran against the country's authoritarian leader could face up to 15 years in prison, and one was beaten so badly in the election's aftermath he is unable to walk, his lawyer and a human rights organization said.
The leaders of Egypt and Libya were in Khartoum, Sudan, on Tuesday for talks with Sudanese leaders on the future of Africa's largest country ahead of a referendum that's likely to break it into two.
In a brief telephone interview with the Associated Press, Mr. Kostusyev said, "The regime has shown its true essence."
"We've been thrown 10 years into the past," he added.