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Bashir sets opposition leader free

Latest update : 2009-03-09

Ageing Sudanese opposition leader and Muslim activist Hassan al-Turabi was freed from prison on Monday, months after he was jailed for calling on President Omar al-Bashir to surrender to the International Criminal Court.

AFP- Sudanese authorities have released opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi nearly two months after he was detained following a call for President Omar al-Beshir to surrender to the International Criminal Court, his family said Monday.
   
"My father has freed from the Port-Sudan prison. They took him by plane and he is now at home in Manshia", a Khartoum suburb, his daughter Omama al-Turabi told AFP.
   
Sudanese security officers arrested Turabi on January 14, two days after he urged Beshir to surrender to the International Criminal Court, saying he thought the head of state was "politically culpable" for the crimes commited in Darfur.
   
Turabi, 77, a guiding light in the Islamist-inspired bloodless 1989 coup that swept Beshir to power but now his bitter nemesis, said in January that should hand himself over to save the country from possible UN sanctions.
   
"Politically we think he is culpable... He should assume responsibility for whatever is happening in Darfur, displacement, burning all the villages, rapes, I mean systematic rapes, continuously, I mean on a wide scale and the killing.
   
His daughter said they had asked the authorities Turabi be released to his home due to health concerns after he took ill with flu and had a high fever and blood pressure.
  

Date created : 2009-03-09

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