Sudanese Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi has been arrested after calling on President Omar al-Bashir to hand himself in to face war crimes charges.

The veteran opposition leader is the most high-profile Sudanese figure to say the president should go to The Hague to face charges over Darfur. Mr Turabi’s son said he was worried for the health of his 76-year-old father.

International Criminal Court (ICC) judges are deciding whether to issue an arrest warrant for Mr Bashir. The BBC’s Amber Henshaw in Khartoum says tension is mounting ahead of the ICC decision.

The head of national intelligence recently said foreigners in Sudan could be attacked if an arrest warrant is issued for the president.

Mr Turabi was taken from his Khartoum home just after 2300 local time (2000 GMT) on Wednesday, his son Siddig al-Turabi told Reuters news agency.

“He is being arrested. It may be for interrogation. It might be for long term internment,” he said.


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