Sudan extends Turabi's detention

Prominent Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi will remain in detention for at least another six months.

    Hassan al-Turabi has been in detention since February 2001

    A Sudanese state-owned daily reported on Wednesday that al-Turabi's detention has been extended despite a pledge by the government last week to free all political detainees.

    The al-Anbaa newspaper quoted the Sudanese Media Centre(SMC), a news service close to the government, as saying that al-Turabi's detention had been extended.

    Leader of the Popular National Congress and former parliamentary speaker, al-Turabi has been in detention since February 2001 after he got into a power struggle with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

    On 15 August 2002 the authorities decided to keep al-Turabi in custody under an emergency law that allows them to detain people without pressing charges for a renewable period of one year.

    The government held the Islamist ideologue first in prison, before shifting him to a government detention house in the capital Khartoum's Kafouri suburb.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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