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Turabi freed from jail upon orders from Sudanese president: state media

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June 30, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Islamist opposition leader Hassan Al-Turabi was released from prison on Wednesday almost two month after he was arrested for unknown reasons.

Sudan official news agency said that Turabi, who is also the head of the Popular Congress Party (PCP), was freed at the directives issued by Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. It gave no further details.

Bashir’s decision coincided with the 21st anniversary of the coup that brought him to power which was masterminded by Turabi and was considered the de-facto leader for much of the 1990’s before both men fell out together.

"I did not expect to be arrested," Turabi, 78, told Agence France Presse (AFP) in his home in Khartoum’s Manshiya district.

"Of course I am always against the dictatorship and if I make a statement, I take a strong attitude," he said.

But he added, "I was surprised because a - the election campaign was over for a while; and b - they represented themselves with a new image as an elected government."

The opposition leader was taken into custody from his home in mid-May days weeks after he denounced April’s elections as fraudulent and said his party would not join a future government. The elections gave Bashir a comfortable majority securing him a new term.

The PCP newspaper of Rai Al-Sha’ab was confiscated simultaneously and its editor in chief along with several journalists were arrested and the government said the paper published "erroneous" material related to existence of Iranian weapons factory in the country.

This month four of its journalists were put on trial on charges of spying and terrorism which carries the death penalty if judges declare them guilty.

Asked whether his arrest may have been related to what the newspaper published Turabi said: "It might, but I am not the editor in chief, the manager".

Frequently arrested, Turabi detained last year for calling on Bashir to surrender himself to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the year before in the wake of an attack on Khartoum by the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), after authorities accused him of backing the group.

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  • 1 July 2010 09:03, by Kuer Dau Apai

    It’s a crossing of different road intersections! South Sudan is underway as a separate nation.

    Then, Arabs (Northerners) with their NCP of criminal president should stop engaging the southerners with their mixed presidential and Islamic issues and/or affairs of inhuman.

    The South Sudan will have separate rules of Government and Religion unlike the North Sudan Bashir and Turabi leadership which is known as the most inexperienced government in the world

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    • 1 July 2010 09:27, by Deng Yak L

      Bishar is a big monkey in form of human being , how it comes to target someone who brought you in power, with Dr. Turabi he could not get this leadership , he is suppose to treat turabi like his hero , shame on those who for got about the good thing done to them before, shame on those who pretended to be leader while they lack leadership skills and shame on dictators .

      Apart from being the one brought him in power, he is an elder person in the society and in politics , the man is very far away from Bishar he known more in life then this president , Bishar is suppose to know that Turabi is a Sudanese dictionary an elder in the community is a dictionary , he has an experience in life, elder are suppose to be respected even if they mistake, but Turabi didn’t committed any mistake but hatred only.

      ELDERS MUST BE RESPECTED IN THE COMMUNITY.

      By Bonaparte.

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    • 1 July 2010 09:30, by Deng Yak L

      Bishar is a big monkey in form of human being , how it comes to target someone who brought you in power, without Dr. Turabi he could not get this leadership , he is suppose to treat turabi like his hero , shame on those who for got about the good thing done to them before, shame on those who pretended to be leader while they lack leadership skills and shame on dictators .

      Apart from being the one brought him in power, he is an elder person in the society and in politics , the man is very far away from Bishar he known more in life then this president , Bishar is suppose to know that Turabi is a Sudanese dictionary an elder in the community is a dictionary , he has an experience in life, elder are suppose to be respected even if they mistake, but Turabi didn’t committed any mistake but hatred only.

      ELDERS MUST BE RESPECTED IN THE COMMUNITY.

      By Bonaparte.

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  • 1 July 2010 10:07, by jalabi

    Trubabi has become the main source of headache and annoy to the north, the more older he becomes the more headache we get, we all know he is the one behind Darfour issue.

    Now he shows sympathy towards southerners and cries with corcodile tears on the south separation, since many souhtherners (hard line separatistors) support any one who works against north interest and wants to damage the country because they hate Arab/Jalaba no matter who?? even the devil himself, we are very happy to deport Mr. Turabi to your new Utopia dream land after separation.

    We no longer need him, please prepare a safe haven to Mr. Turabi at your homeland so he can spend the rest of his life with you. Thanks buddies for your hospitality and generosity.

    Jalabi (Abo Jalabia)

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    • 1 July 2010 10:31, by Deng Yak L

      Thanks Mr. Jalabi for your comment i will not take him to my homeland he is already in my homeland , where he is now is my homeland , secondly we have no blood relationship but I’m a legal person of which i should not support fault accusation against my fellow citizen, third Turabi is a big politician then every Arab in the north and he is educated then any Arab who claim, fourth Turabi is the only elder in the north who know the right of the Southerners then any Arab and the fifth He was the one empower Bishar so Bishar should not forget Turabi and mistreat him.

      Thanks.

      Mr. Bonaparte

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  • 1 July 2010 14:40, by John M. Atem

    The imprisonment of Dr. Hassan al Turabi was a right move by that genocide-denying president Omar Hassan El Bashir. This man is becoming political troublesome to many people and many leaders who have come and gone in Khartoum.
    This man needs to be sent to heaven as soon as possible before he can do more harm to the people.

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  • 1 July 2010 15:10, by Mou Magok

    Let him just rest for some hours and return to jail.

    I am cock sure. Bashir is not easy..

    Thank

    Yirol boy

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    • 1 July 2010 16:19, by Machingela gai

      Mou Magok,

      You read my mind! I was going to say it but you put it there for me.

      It is true that Bashir is not relaxing with him and all his political tricks he is known for. A snake and cat don’t see each other face’s, because of a long story for their enemity. Bashir and Tarabi are just two enemies of our time with such a trace story of cat and snake.
      Bashir just let him come home to have some bune (coffee) with his wife for a moment while the jail security guards at the compound’s gate are counting down the seconds left on the clock for his visiting so that he can be taken back to jail without minutes past by, according to Bashir’s orders.
      It will not be a surprising news for us to hear him being taken back to jail again. You keep your ears open for the rumorse for it will happen soon.

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