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Turabi, influential Sudanese Islamist, freed from prison

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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.

Last week the ICC made good on its threat, as the Monitor reported here, issuing a warrant for the Sudanese president’s arrest on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

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