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Sudan says it found fresh evidence linking Turabi’s party to Darfur rebels

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January 17, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese authorities claimed today that it has unearthed new evidence that confirms the ties between the Popular Congress Party (PCP) headed by Hassan Al-Turabi and the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

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FILE - Greeters pass a poster with a picture of Islamist opposition leader Hassan Turabi and Arabic writing that reads "Three years of steadfastness" as they arrive at the entrance of his home in Khartoum, Sudan (AP)

Al-Turabi was taken by Sudanese security from his residence in the early morning hours of Tuesday along with a number of senior officials in his party, according to a press statement by the PCP.

Security forces blocked Turabi’s road and five police cars full of heavily armed forces escorted him away as his watching family cried "God is Greatest", two witnesses told Reuters.

The statement signed by the assistant Secretary General Ali Al-Haj, who lives in exile in Germany, said that among those detained were the PCP deputy political secretary general Al-Amin Abdel-Razik, Turabi executive secretary Tag Al-Deen Bannaga, Ashraf Bushra working in Turabi’s office, Ashraf Hassan who is secretary for the PCP deputy political secretary general and Osman Abdullah described as a businessman.

The PCP slammed the arrest saying that the government aims at terrorizing any opposition.

“The arrest of Sheikh al-Turabi who will turn 79 next February is a demonstration of misery, moral and political weakness of the authorities which did not consider the fate of its brother in tyranny who was forced through the wrath of his people to wander on his face begging for shelter,” said the statement in reference to the popular uprising in Tunisia last week that led to ouster of president Zain Al-Abdeen Bin Ali.

On Monday, Al-Turabi gave an interview to Agence France Presse (AFP) and warned that street protests similar to the ones that occurred in Tunisia could happen in Sudan if president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir failed to share power.

Northern opposition parties have stepped up their rhetoric against the government saying that it needs to dissolve itself and call for new elections following the near certain secession of the South following the conclusion of the referendum on Sunday.

Some have speculated that Turabi’s arrest was linked to the statements he made suggesting that he will work to remove the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

But the Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website, which is closely linked to the country’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), said that senior officials captured from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in West Darfur last week admitted that they have links and are receiving support from Turabi’s party to carry out military campaigns in the restive region.

Quoting a senior security source, the website said that confessions of JEM captives and documents confirm the role of the PCP in directing and financing the rebel group’s activities through direct supervision of their military operations in Darfur.

But JEM spokesperson Ahmed Hussein described the allegations as “ridiculous”.

“They just want to divert attention from their growing domestic problems and their withdrawal from the peace talks in Doha” Hussein told Sudan Tribune.

“They keep making the same claims over and over again about our links with PCP but they end up producing no evidence. This is just another fabrication by Sudanese security,” he added.

Islamist leader Turabi has been in and out of jail since his split from Bashir’s ruling party in 1999. In 2009 he was jailed for calling on Bashir to surrender himself to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Khartoum has consistently accused JEM of being the military wing of the PCP but never pressed any formal charges against the party figures.

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  • 18 January 2011 07:15, by Gatwech

    Then hang him in the Khartoum’s Green Square at 12:00 in the broad day light where the six million inhabitants of Khartoum including their babies can see him.

    This islamic extremist, Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi, who is known as hater of South Sudan’s independence, should not be allowed to roam and groan, planning to spoil the referendum exercise.

    I heard Arka Minniwi saying that Darfur should also pursue self-determination like the South. He also said self-determination will be the vision to be followed by Eastern, extreme north, Nuba mountains and Blue Nile and get their independence.

    Thanks Prophet Ngundeng Bong for truly predicting the split of Sudan more than one hundred years ago. It is now coming. We can smell, hear, see and touch it.

    Thanks you God for controlling the atmosphere and made it peaceful during the voting. It is clear that God is in control in this predicted process. It is a miracle some people did not believe in 1991!!!

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    • 18 January 2011 07:28, by DOOR

      Gatwech,

      We will only accept Ngundeng prophesies if Riek machar becompe president, something uneasy just like a CAMEL passing through the needle.

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      • 18 January 2011 07:58, by jaa filfa

        DOOR

        Why are you against Riak Machar, please take care, if God say yes no body can say No.

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    • 18 January 2011 17:53, by doctor nuong

      President Bashir
      if you were not atype of apresident who give devile right,Al turabi who have shown his coluors to-day should face music because southerners obtain their right throught fair and transparent manners,how could Dr.Al turabi react while the signing of this CPA was the day when he was release from Jail due to happinness of all sudanes.AL turabi you mind your P$Q being in jail to-day,tommorrow out will affect your IQ level and whom do you think will allow you to judge the northern sector althought southerners are sure of their independence state.Bashir fuck this critical politician who love human bloodshed and hang him over opposition politician such that your governace would be respected by moslim too not Christian alone should alway face trouble

      Aguacnuong

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    • 18 January 2011 18:19, by John M. Atem

      Gatwech,
      Thank you very much for that wonderful comment. I am glad to hear that the Criminal National Congress Party has found new evidence linking this evil man Hassan El Turabi with Darfure Rebels. This man has a history of setting people up. I have to tell you brother that the North will not be peaceful with this evil man a life. He will continues to cause more chaos in the North.For the North to be peaceful this man needs to be hanged in a broad day light. He deserves to be hanged. He has contributed to the deaths of milion of people.

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  • 18 January 2011 07:18, by AAMA

    NCP is afraid from Turabi because they know that he brought them, understands their mentality and therefore can orchestrate there removal through their system. The JEM story is just a mere cover-up for their fear. What they don’t know is that their removal (if it happens any time soon) will come from the people through a totally new plan and not from these old school politicians.

    Peace.

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  • 18 January 2011 07:47, by jaa filfa

    Hi Gatwech.

    I think God is dong something toword our life. Actually those who are troble some, their days are numbered but for Torabi day has come where by he will not denied any thing which had been hidened by the leader of national criminal party NCP

    let the will of God be done.

    God bless southerners and give them fredom.

    Torit lady.

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    • 18 January 2011 08:40, by Victory

      NCP,
      I advise you to investegate any matter before making cönclution,last time you bomb the south &killed inncent souls in the name of dafurian rebles, what happend now? You have found out by your selfe who is the reall supporter of dafurian rebles with a visible evidence,may God help your sick mind
      This issue should be dealt with & immeditly.

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  • 18 January 2011 09:27, by Tambura

    Why only Turabi his brother in law Saiq also is jackass,they were planing last night together. Those people should hang in publics as somebody else said. For last 54 years just those two guys are creating problems if it was not Turabi who brought shria law Sudan would not face what she is facing today. Screw all of them

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  • 18 January 2011 15:38, by Facts Check

    I am tired of hearing about Turabi since I was born!!! Take this sucker and his other loser Sadiq Mahdi and summarily execute them immediately for treason against the elected government of Bashir!

    To hell with Jallaba making noise all the time about Bashir regime and doing nothing about it!!!! I am sick of it! Let Bashir take them out and quickly!

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    • 18 January 2011 23:59, by Stephen kuach

      Southerners should not have to put their concerns to what’s being done to the Islamist leader Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi,they will figured out their own Islamic issues along with Darfurians brothers whom had sold their own African identities for becoming an Arab.
      King Tiger.

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