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Escapee caught in slaying of Granville

Police in Sudan have recaptured one of the convicted killers of Buffalo native John M. Granville, a spokesman for the African nation told The Buffalo News on Wednesday.

Abdul Rauf Abuzaid, one of four convicted Granville killers who escaped June 11 from Sudan's most secure prison, was caught Monday in a remote area, said Seif Yesin, chief spokesman at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

"He has been taken into custody and is undergoing interrogation," Yesin said of Abuzaid. "Remain assured that the security forces are doing their utmost to make sure that these criminals are caught and brought to justice."

A Sudanese judge sentenced Abuzaid and three other men, one of them a former officer in Sudan's army, to hang after a trial last year in the city of Khartoum.

They were convicted of ambushing and fatally shooting Granville and his driver after a New Year's Eve party at the home of a British diplomat.

Granville, 33, grew up in South Buffalo and graduated from Canisius High School.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, he was working in Sudan for the U.S. Agency for International Development, trying to implement a peace treaty in the war-torn country.


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