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Sudan opposition leader reportedly transferred to Red Sea prison

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January 25, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — An opposition leader detained by Sudanese authorities last week has been reportedly been moved to Port Sudan prison, his family said today.

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Sudanese opposition leader Hassan Turabi talks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday May 13, 2008 (AP)

The leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turabi was taken into custody following his remarks calling on president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir to surrender himself to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Al-Turabi was believed to be held in the Kober prison in the Sudanese capital until today.

“We went to bring him lunch at 3 pm but the security officer wouldn’t let us in because he [Turabi] wasn’t there” his daughter Omama told Sudan Tribune.

“After numerous phone calls we were informed that he has been moved to Port Sudan prison. However we are not even sure if the government is telling us the truth about his whereabouts” she added.

Sudanese officials have said that Turabi will stand trial within days of his arrest but it is not clear on what charges.

Omama said that Turabi’s lawyer Kamal Omer Abdel-Salam met with the justice minister who told him that he is not aware of any charges pressed against the Islamist leader.

Although it is widely believed that the ICC statements have caused Turabi’s arrest some Sudanese officials have suggested that his links with the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) is the main reason.

Ever since the ICC move any views in support of the court has been suppressed. With the exception of Turabi all opposition leaders have rallied behind Bashir and condemned the ICC move.

“There is zero tolerance to any attempts to break the national consensus. We will not allow any movements to create instability and confusion” the spokesperson of the Sudanese cabinet Omer Mohamed Salih told reporters last week.

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.

“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.

Omama said the family is concerned if indeed Turabi is moved to Port Sudan prison saying the conditions there “are very poor”.

“There is high humidity there and mosquitoes. The prison there is in very bad shape. We are awaiting confirmation that he is indeed there so we can bring food since he is on a special diet for health reasons” she said.

“Despite his health conditions he was mistreated in Kober. They would drag their feet to let him use the bathroom. It is an attempt to humiliate him” Omama added.

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.

(ST)

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  • 26 January 2009 09:10, by Angelo M

    There will be certain consequences if they harm Turabi over ICC comment.
    It is so unfortunate Khartoum really believe that "threats" will bring peace to Sudan! Intimidation will always ascertain war in this foolish country.

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    • 27 January 2009 02:26, by philosopher

      Mr Turabi, Now that you are drag by feet and fuck before being allow to toilet, what will you learn about South Sudan whom you commanded your Islamist mujihadeen to wage war again SPLA struggling for the right and democracy of all Sudanese including you? And By the time you mastermind that plot, did you not know that any evile plots again others will one day rebound on you? for me,it’s an excellent job for the monster to swallow his master before the ICC swallow him. no where to call for help just face your humiliation by your own like the way others did.

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  • 26 January 2009 12:21, by David De Dau

    Al Bahsir should stop intimidating the citizens of Sudan. If true democracy is to prevail, then freedom of expression is paramount.

    It is Al Turabi’s right to make that comment. Al Turabi shares such opinion with millions of Sudanese that Bashir to surrender himself to the ICC for fair trial.

    Bashir, what goes around comes around.

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  • 26 January 2009 13:31, by Mr Point

    Al-Turabi always go to prison just before a change in the government.

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    • 26 January 2009 13:57, by Hou Akot Hou

      Mistreating Turabi here is not a remedial issue.To reduce the embarrassment or humiliation,it would have caused him(BAshir individually)and his government as a whole a better reputation,respect and hopes for peace in Sudan,had he attempted to.He,Turabi is neither the only mastermind of the Movement in Darfur nor is he the world community,so there is no proper reason to say that he is accused of or suspected to have heightened the situations b’tn the Sudan government and the REbels in Darfur(JEM),there are visible and well-known reasons of the fight,bittnerness,or anger to everyone when it comes to this problem in Darfur.Having joked with his legs and allowed him bathe some parts of the body is not helpful,the world-repute internationally know the factors why ICC is pushing on for him.

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      • 26 January 2009 19:53, by Newsudan Junubi

        Mr. Point,

        Well said! "Turabi goes to prison before any change of government in Khartoum". That is quite right.

        Bashir’s day in office is being counted. His mistreatment to a fellow Muslim who co-ruled with him behind the curtain can give more evidence to those who say that Bashir should not be arrested. This increases the fire against him.

        Come on ICC! are you not seeing the increase of Bashir’s dose of crime against humanity? When will you pass the arrest warrent?

        Sorry Dr. Turabi, justice has got supporters, the truth will let you free.

        Junubi

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        • 28 January 2009 08:14, by James Tut Chuol Mar

          OK Dr.Turabi

          please as it was already said by my chollegues you are the man of Sudan people, please stay in Red Sea Prison until the guy leave to his house which is ICC, I belive you are geting out from that got deemed prison.

          NB: He always arested you why don’t you give up to such a man,man? There way a time he arested you and yourwife reported that you did not take anything to dring or to eat.

          Look properly otherwise if Bashir will resist ICC move, the third arest will be hung or torturing and that will be the time you will never forget through all your life in Khartoum.

          from: KONIAK Number ONE

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