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Sudan’s Turabi jailed over Bashir remarks; family says no regrets


January 14, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — Sudanese authorities made the widely anticipated move and arrested an opposition leader days after he called on president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to surrender to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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In this Sunday, July 17, 2005 file photo, Hassan Turabi speaks to the Associated Press after being released from a year and a half of house arrest for allegedly plotting a coup, in Khartoum, Sudan (AP)

The leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turabi was taken into custody shortly before midnight from his home by heavily armed security officers.

Turabi’s wife Wisal Al-Mahdi told Sudan Tribune by phone from Khartoum that he was expecting to be detained and did not come as a surprise.

“One of the ruling party officials said publicly they will let the government agents’ deal with my husband after what he said. It came to pass” she said.

“He was taken alone to the security bureau. His sons followed him in a separate car but were not allowed to accompany him inside” she added.

On Monday Al-Turabi told reporters that Al-Bashir is “politically culpable” for the war crimes in Darfur and urged him to step down to save his country international isolation.

“He should assume responsibility for whatever is happening in Darfur, displacement, burning all the villages, rapes, I mean systematic rapes, continuously, I mean on a wide scale and the killing” Turabi was quoted as saying.

With the exception of Turabi all opposition leaders have rallied behind Bashir and condemned the ICC move.

ICC judges are reviewing ten counts presented by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in mid-July that include three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder and accused Al-Bashir of masterminding a campaign to get rid of the African tribes in Darfur; Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

A decision is expected by the judges in the coming weeks, observers say.

Wisal said Turabi made the statements in light of the growing tension in the country over the upcoming decision by the ICC judges.

“There are rumors circulating all over the country, heightened security and reports of imminent attack by Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). He was reacting to the environment people are living in” she said.

Asked whether she thinks her husband would regret making the remarks Wisal said that “it was imperative for her husband to voice his opinion on the way out for Sudan out of this crisis”.

She further said she does not expect her husband to be detained for a long period of time.

Al-Turabi, a former ally of President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, was the government’s ideological mastermind in the 1990s and the De-facto ruler.

However Al-Bashir and Al-Turabi split ranks and the latter was jailed on accusations of conspiracy. He was released in October 2003.

The opposition leader was jailed again for more than a year in 2004 over accusations of connections with an alleged coup plot before being released in 2005.

Al-Bashir recently accused JEM of being the military wing of the PCP something Turabi has firmly denied. The Darfurian rebels staged a bold attack and fought fierce battles with the Sudanese army on the outskirts of the capital before they were repulsed.

Following the attack Turabi was detained for question but was subsequently released.


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  • 15 January 2009 07:25, by Bum Bum Ramkel

    Please, President Beshir, arrest of Dr. Turabi will not relieve your International pressure but quick implementation of International demands will cure you and the entire Sudanese people.

    Arrest of this popular Islamic Founded Father will only add more salt into a hot soup, release him so that you still will maintain your relationship with Arab World.

    Regret enough

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    • 15 January 2009 12:31, by David De Dau

      Owe!!! What a pity! President Bashir has arrested an Islamic Leader; Hassan al Turabi! Where is the Islamic Brotherhood? Bashir the truth is that what goes around comes around!

      It is Hasan al Turabi today and it will be you tomorrow and it will come in a more devastating manner!

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  • 15 January 2009 08:22, by African man

    We African people should take our land back from Arab Muslims at this moment.Al-Bashir and Turabi have killed engough African people in Sudan for name of Islam, But as dumb as Kiir is right now, we will not get out from this mess. I am so tied with our dumb leaders in Africa continent who are willing to seal out the Continent for the cheapest prices. We though the white man was the one to be blame for human violation in Africa, but the Arab Muslims are to be blame for raping the Continent and take people and land away from them. The one who introduced slavery in Africa to white man. Now Arabs are running African Union to tell African leaders what to do and what not to do. I am sick and tied of these Arab Muslims who brought Islam to Africa for political purposes. In fact "What come arond turned around", This time should be Arabs turn to kill one another too. As you knew Kiir where were Turabi and Where were AL.Bashir slava Kiir when Southen Sudanese lost 2 millions people during civil war that the world have been silencing about it. we Should know better and learned from that war. The war which shouldn’t be waged if Arab Muslims didn’t have hiding agenda to take Sudan away from African. Please Kiir open your eyes or live as dumb like you are if you didn’t get chance to go to school to read history how they Arabs came to Sudan. Read, read, and read please. I don.t care for Turabi and neither Al-Bashir in my African and mother land.

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    • 15 January 2009 10:57, by matur majok

      No El Bashir, you are adding fuels into the burning fire. stop arresting your fellow Counterpart and queitly wait for what will happen tomorrow and next tomorrow with the ICC.

      Wow! that is absurd, stop cowardising the situation on the ground.

      Matur Majok

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    • 15 January 2009 12:37, by mathem jech amer

      You people are really playing games. A servant arresting his master. Well to me that is good for you, as long as you are the same problematic people causing a lot of bloodshed in the country.

      I believe that is a punishment from God. God punishes people through other people.

      Well let’s see what will be the fade of your contest.

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  • 15 January 2009 10:54, by Patriotic Bull

    Hi Beshir,
    you must be crazy.
    arresting of Turabi your former closed friend is addition of problem.
    I believe as Turabi turned away from you means that even all the Arabians must be your enermy as well.
    You are doing everything possible thinking that the situation may change from ICC, but apparently not.
    Your imprisonment will be worst than Turabi`s.
    But to You Turabi, You are reliable to be taken to ICC for taking part in all those war crimes committed by fucken Beshir.

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  • 15 January 2009 12:50, by Machokakol

    This man is really confused between the bitter of indictment and the stress carried along by Sudanese citizens as well as his own Party had felt the tip-roared of the whole world.

    Since his brain never estimates the smell of smoke coming out of green grass, it is time for him to absorb some guts out of unduly intoxicated dry grass. If our Sudanese citizen knew the raw savannah grass and the underground grass, they would possibly compare this NCP Lads accordingly.

    We know that a savannah grass can grow to the maximum of no level and as it grows, the root tried their own best to over valued the underneath grass. However, when this short grass felt overruled by the tall one, through ignorant and uses of self defence during autumn seasons. It just kept silence and hoped that the winter and hunters would one day visit them with strong wind and its phosperous fire in an attempt to blow them into their resting graves.

    This time, not only that the underground grasses are entitle to sense the detainment, murdering or undermining but also to ask each other about who had let the cat out of the bag against Never Care People (NCP). It is short grass and the citizens of your own nation. So no tears allowed to shade on either Savannah or Short grass you’ve all deserved to earn that credit of fire lips.


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  • 15 January 2009 13:02, by Nelson Turdit

    I personally disagree with the action of Sudan Military intelgence by detaining El Turabi, the move is uncontitutional and was against freedom of expession. El Bashir should face the charges at the Hague base court and other African dictators leaders will learn from that and allow democracy to grow.

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    • 15 January 2009 20:47, by Timdor

      Yes,Mr.Bashir arrest Turabi and you will be arrested tomorrow by Ocampo orders.

      Mr.Turabi,you think that you are the only intellectual and inteligent guy in the Sudan to start roaring the arrest of Bashir before others,now you desrve it.

      No one is perfect after all,Turabi have been your hengeman in killing Southerners!

      By Timdor

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  • 16 January 2009 12:36, by De Junup

    Mr Bashir eventhough you arrested Dr. Turabi thousond times the Criminal Court of Justice(ICC) will not drop the your arrest warrant for crime you on people of Durfar, you must face Justice.

    There no other ways the killer can escape, accept death so could hang yourself or otherwise the Judges will HANG you as the did to SADDAM HASSIEN!!!

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  • 16 January 2009 12:54, by De Junup

    Mr Bashir eventhough you arrest Dr. Turabi thousond times the Criminal Court of Justice(ICC) will not drop the your arrest warrant for crime you cimmitted against on people of Durfar, you must face Justice.

    There is no other way the killer can escape, accept death so could he hang himself or otherwise the Judges will HANG you as the did to SADDAM HASSIEN!!!

    Your hour are near.

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    • 17 January 2009 12:45, by Lang Mijak DengChol.

      He is now a hero of all the marginalized forces of the Sudanese. My prayers are with him. Nevertheless, SPLM will have a political advantage over Omer Beshir come election but the head of the SPLM , Mr. Salva Kiir Mayardit is contradicting his political platform and his position by petitioning to ICC to drop the case. Shame on Salva Kiir.
      How would he run against Omer Beshir if he support him against the ICC? Kiir Mayardit must be a political amateur that need to be advised and guided on how political game is being played versus the opponent.

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  • 18 January 2009 03:18, by Buk Dan Buk

    That is not a way out Mr president, I think its a time for you to understand that no one is backing you and we will not regrets your arrest at all. So do not try to silence us by doing that. but it was good to arrest Islamic leader Dr Hassan Al Turabi your brotherhood. I think God has open your heart and the way is about to be showend to you.
    So what is your next step?

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  • 18 January 2009 14:03, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    Believe me Dr. If you confined yourself to pension life you will relief and get relieved.

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