A detained Sudanese opposition leader could be tried over accusations of supporting a Darfur rebel movement, state media reported on Monday.

Hassan al-Turabi, an influential Islamist, was arrested last week after calling on Sudan’s president to surrender himself to the International Criminal Court to face charges of orchestrating genocide in Darfur.

The Sudanese Media Centre quoted unnamed security sources as saying Turabi and his aides were supporting Darfur’s insurgent Justice and Equality Movement financially and logistically.

“The source has not ruled out presenting Turabi for trial,” it said. It did not name specific charges.

Government sources outside state security, including the Ministry of Justice, have so far not commented on the reasons for Turabi’s detention.

Turabi’s supporters on Monday denied any link to JEM.

Members of his opposition Popular Congress Party said security had arrested Turabi to silence him in the build up to a ruling from the International Criminal Court on whether to issue an arrest warrant against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

Turabi was Bashir’s ideologue until they split in a power struggle in 1999-2000.


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