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Detained ex-spy chief hospitalized after "heart attack"


November 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The embattled former chief of Sudan’s security apparatus, Salah Gosh, was transferred from detention to a hospital in a critical condition after he experienced “a severe heart attack”, government sources told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudan’s ex-spy chief Salah Gosh

Gosh, the former director-general of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), was being detained on accusation of planning what the authorities describe as a “coup” attempt that was allegedly foiled in the early hours of 22 November.

The government said it also arrested 12 other individuals in connection with the alleged putsch, including Brigadier General Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel-Galil “Wad Ibrahim” from the Sudanese army (SAF) and Major General Adil Al-Tayeb from the NISS.

Sources close to the government told Sudan Tribune that a state of tension has spread across security circles after Gosh suffered a severe heart attack while in detention and was rushed to the NISS-linked Al-Amal Hospital in Khartoum.

The authorities beefed up security around the hospital and later allowed Gosh’s wife, after high-level contacts with top state officials, to visit him.

According to the sources, the sudden health condition was likely the result of the great amounts of cigarettes that the ex-spy chief consumed since he was taken into custody. They noted that Gosh is a serious smoker and had suffered a similar condition during his tenure as NISS chief. They added that the doctors instructed him back then to quit smoking but he did not.

Gosh’s brother, Abdel Azim Abdella, told reporters that their family “fears for [Gosh’s] life because he already has heart problems” and is now “in the hands of his enemies. He confirmed that the authorities allowed his wife and two of his daughters to see him.

Meanwhile, the authorities barred the defense committee of the coup attempt detainees from holding a press conference on Thursday. They are also yet to respond to a request from the committee to meet the detainees.

Sudan Tribune sources said they expect the NISS to announce the results of the investigations by Sunday, 2 December.

Gosh’s arrest marked the downfall of the once powerful spy chief who is better known for his deep cooperation with the United States on counter-terrorism following September 2001 attacks in Washington and New York. He was surprisingly dismissed from his position in 2009 before being appointed as a presidential adviser for security.

But last year he was abruptly sacked by President Bashir from the position following an imbroglio between him and the powerful presidential assistant Nafe Ali Nafe over dialogue with opposition parties. He was later stripped of his position within the NCP and only maintained his seat in the parliament.

Some NCP insiders suggested that Gosh had nothing to do with the attempt and was arrested to discredit the true plotters of the coup given his reputation of cooperation with the CIA. Abdel Wahab El Effendi, a dissident Islamist, claimed in an op-ed he published this week that Wad Ibrahim appears to be the mastermind of the coup and that Gosh was arrested to tarnish the image of the plotters.

El-Effendi based his argument on the claim that Gosh has no known links to the puritan Islamist dissidents of the NCP known as Al-Sae’ohoon which is believed to be behind the coup.

A member of Al-Sae’ohoon, Al-Mu’iz Abdallah, made the same suggestion in an interview last week, citing what he claimed was the fact that president Al-Bashir told a member of Al-Sahioon before that Wad Ibrahim contributed to the foiling of previous coup attempts by Gosh.

Al-Sae’ohoon has been vocal recently over reform demands and expressed bitterness that the NCP leadership has softened stance on Islamic principles and gave too many concessions to South Sudan in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), while allowing for army to suffer military setbacks.

A memo released by Al-Sae’ohoon in response to the arrests urged president Bashir to release those detained and described them as the safety valve of the 1989 coup since its inception all through the battles of Heglig this year.

The group underscored that those taken into custody were never carried away by earthly pleasures of power.

The memo blasted defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein saying he bears responsibility for army failures in relation to South Sudan, Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) rebels and airstrikes carried out by Israel inside the country that recently targeted a weapons factory in Khartoum.

They went on to say that Hussein sent several generals into retirement only because they expressed their views and provided advice. "[Hussein] is stirring trouble with [former] head of Sudan’s armored corps Brigadier General Sideeg Fadl [who is] security valve of the [1989] revolution".

"We are all waiting to see what will decisions will emerge [from you] and you must know for sure that they [detainees] all love you and endear you and have respect for you but your defense minister left them with no option but this one" said the memo.

Bashir has long resisted calls for sacking his defense minister over corruption charges and defeats on the battlefield. Hussein came under fire last April for the ease at which Sudan army lost Heglig oilfield to South Sudan.


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  • 30 November 2012 07:55, by Young Lotuko

    They poisoned him, they don’t want him alive..NCP are criminals

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    • 30 November 2012 08:08, by Mi diit

      It is understandable!!! Salah Gosh urinates down his pant because of fear of death. He knows how bad it is to die since he used to see his victims dying as former chief of intelligence. What goes around comes around.

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      • 30 November 2012 08:49, by Aaban

        You are right, they ja’lain used him as their right hand man to carried out their dirty activities, and now he is feelings the same opportunity to got pay back, he is going to be declear dead in some hours,
        But you know? I love his death because his relatives and loyalist will wiege a big war and death within that criminal government very soon,

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    • 30 November 2012 08:55, by South South

      Lam laughing a little bit about this messy situation in Sudan. Gosh is dying, Bashir is dying and Sudan is dying. Cowards, God will go after thives even though they pray 5 times a day.

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    • 30 November 2012 10:04, by South South

      Where is Northern Sudanese ? Your guys are dying cowards. Gosh is poping and already he urinates in his pant, why ? Cowards, they will die cowards including gay called Bashir. Iam laughing a little bit

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  • 30 November 2012 08:36, by George Bol

    Tomorrow, he will be declared died.He was tortured in jail no question about that.

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  • 30 November 2012 08:55, by Makunon

    It is an old tactics of old Sudan theory of tortured today and tomorrow will be either found dumped in the wastage or in the hospital dead. that is good,he has killed so many southerners during his intelligent period, to hell.

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  • 30 November 2012 09:55, by pabaak

    "Gosh’s brother, Abdel Azim Abdella, told reporters that their family “fears for [Gosh’s] life because he already has heart problems” and is now in the hands of his enemies".
    the king of butcher in ghost houses, whites houses in South Sudan and Sudan, how good friend of NIF become his enemy? this means the series will continue until every single responsible for the death of millions

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    • 30 November 2012 10:16, by pabaak

      in Sudan are totally gone- for still-alive the vision of "new Sudan". long time was said during Anyaya one war that one Arab commander by the name "Hassen Al Bashir, was murdering people and throw them in river Nile, and later he joke about it by telling his officers what people say when are killed " he is murdering me, he is murdering me. "Atem Arur Amowoe". sources say immediately after 1972

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      • 30 November 2012 10:27, by pabaak

        agreement and after he return to north, him and all his families members died in car incident between Khartoum and wet Madeni. So, he can maim, kill but at the end of tunnel, those killed will call them

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  • 30 November 2012 11:54, by littlejimmy

    HAHA, they deeply fuck his ass, dea who care about your life cowardice man. you did the same things. go to hell. he dug his own grave since Gosh mis treated people. now your fat ass on fire. smell it boy.

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  • 30 November 2012 13:27, by 4Justice

    SARS Attack: New Islamic Sect Claims Responsibility

    An Islamic sect, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (JAMUSBIS), Helpers of Muslims in Africa, that emerged five months ago has claimed responsibility for the Monday night attack on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at Garki in Abuja.


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    • 30 November 2012 13:50, by Robot

      The coup was almost successful but blindfolded Salah Ghost asked his colleagues to wait for him to come from abroad, this is how the plot was intercepted. if he could have not asked them to wait, Bashir could now be in ICC. good luck shumaleen.

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  • 30 November 2012 13:50, by 4Justice
  • 30 November 2012 13:59, by Wetdut

    Set and thief to catch a thief, Mr. Bashir came into power by the means of a coup which his fellow wants to take him away, Sorry for the heart attack Mr. Ghost this is the only way you can succeed

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  • 1 December 2012 07:32, by kikokaka564
  • 24 June 2013 13:52, by jennyjesica

    Gosh’s arrest marked the downfall of the once powerful spy chief who is better known for his deep cooperation with the United States on counter-terrorism following September 2001 attacks in Washington and New York.Joey Atlas Cellulite

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