Sudan security arrests veteran opposition politician

Sudanese security officers arrested a veteran opposition politician in his Khartoum home on Monday, his supporters said.

Sudan security arrests veteran opposition politician

Sudanese security officers arrested a veteran opposition politician in his Khartoum home on Monday but gave no reason for their action, his supporters said.

Four agents detained the vice president of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Ali Mahmoud Hassanein, at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), party officials said.

Hassanein, a lawyer in his 70s, was last arrested with 30 other opposition figures in July 2007 and accused of conspiring to mount a coup. He was later released without charge.

Officials from Sudanese National Security and the Ministry of Justice told Reuters they had no information on Hassanein's arrest.

"His family said they don't know how long he will be under arrest or where he was taken. We are trying to get more information to find out what is going on," said DUP spokesman Hatim Ali.

DUP member Muez Hadra said he thought the arrest might be related to sympathetic comments he said Hassanein had made about the International Criminal Court. "Party members are angry," he told Reuters. "We think this arrest is unconstitutional."

Political tension has been high in Khartoum since the chief prosecutor of the ICC asked judges to issue an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, accusing him of orchestrating genocide in western Darfur region.

Reuters
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