Sudan opposition leader questioned over supporting ICC

Sudanese security forces questioned an opposition leader over supporting a war crimes case against the country's president, state media reported.

Sudan opposition leader questioned over supporting ICC

Sudanese security forces questioned a veteran opposition leader over comments he made supporting a war crimes case against the country's president, but then released him, state media reported on Tuesday.

The incident was part of a crackdown on Sudanese seen as backing the International Criminal Court and its chief prosecutor, who has asked for an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, accusing him of orchestrating genocide in Darfur.

The vice president of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Ali Mahmoud Hassanein, was questioned about "negative remarks he made supporting the ICC allegations against the president of the republic," said the Sudanese Media Centre, a news outlet with links to Sudan's security service.

Hassanein, a lawyer in his 70s, was also asked about consultations he had held with "a senior official in one of the Western embassies known for their continued hostility to the country," the Media Centre said.

Hassanein's supporters said he was arrested at his house on Monday morning and released late that evening.

A security source denied Hassanein had been arrested, telling Reuters he had voluntarily come in for questioning. Hassanein was not immediately available for comment.

ICC judges have already issued arrest warrants for a Sudanese minister and a militia leader, accusing them of atrocities in Sudan's western Darfur region. Khartoum has refused to hand them over.

Reuters
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