Turabi, influential Sudanese Islamist, freed from prison(Read article summary)
Hassan al-Turabi had called for President Bashir to surrender to the International Criminal Court on war-crimes charges.
Sudan released opposition leader and Islamist ideologue Hassan al-Turabi from prison at dawn Monday, citing the 76-year-old’s fragile health, according to the Associated Press. He had been held for seven weeks without charge, his family says.
Mr. Turabi – whom the Monitor interviewed in 2007 – was arrested on Jan. 14 and sent to a prison in the eastern city of Port Sudan after telling reporters that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir should surrender to the International Criminal Court (ICC), rather than risk causing instability should he be indicted on war-crimes charges.