Sudan's Turabi in solitary confinement: Family members

Hassan al-Turabi was arrested on Wednesday days after urging President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to surrender to ICRC.

Sudan's Turabi in solitary confinement: Family members

An influential Sudanese opposition leader is being held in solitary confinement after calling on the president to hand himself in to the International Criminal Court, family members said on Friday.

Hassan al-Turabi was arrested on Wednesday days after urging President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to surrender to the Hague-based global court, whose judges are considering whether to indict him on charges of orchestrating war crimes in Darfur.

Family members said they had not managed to see or speak to Turabi, 76, and were increasingly worried about his health. They said officials told them Turabi and another top member of his Popular Congress Party were in Khartoum's Kober prison.

"He is in solitary confinement...We are very concerned about his health. He had to be hospitalised five times the last time he was imprisoned and that was three years ago," said Siddig al-Turabi, his son.

Presidential spokesman Mahjoub Fadul confirmed Turabi had been detained, but said he had no information from state security about the reasons or how long he would be held.

Amnesty International called on Sudan to release Turabi or charge him, saying he was being held incommunicado with no access to medical treatment.

The government has refused to deal with the international court.

Turabi, a key player in Sudan for decades, was the first party leader to break ranks by saying the president should surrender himself to save Sudan from sanctions and political turmoil that would follow if he continued to defy the court.

Reuters
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