Sudan's Ousted Turabi Supporters File Complaint against President

Published May 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Supporters of Sudan's Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi said they had filed a complaint against President al-Beshir Saturday for suspending Turabi from his post as ruling party secretary general. 

Pro-Turabi lawyer Mohaned al-Hassan al-Amin told a press conference he had lodged the complaint with the Political Parties and Organizations Registrar, demanding that Turabi's suspension from the National Congress (NC) party leadership be over-ruled. 

Party chairman Beshir froze the political activities of his former ally-turned-rival May 6, after accusing him of plotting against the government. It was the latest chapter in a long-running power struggle. 

Amin also accused the authorities of arresting 22 party officials loyal to Turabi and sentencing at least one Turabi supporter to jail. 

Religious leader Hassan Nasir from al-Damazin in south-eastern Sudan was recently jailed by a military tribunal for 10 years for criticizing Beshir's May 6 resolutions, he said. 

Amin said the complaint lodged with the parties registrar accused Beshir of exploiting his position as head of state to occupy NC headquarters "by force of arms" and ban the activities of the NC secretariat general and provincial secretaries. 

It also urged the Registrar to cancel Beshir's resolutions and declare them a "a violation of the Constitution," Amin said. 

The lawyer added that he did not hold much hope for the success of the complaint but said it would at least prove its presence. 

"We are aware in advance of the fate of this complaint in view of the present political circumstances but we are submitting it to show that we are determined to carry on with our activities and that the suspension of the secretary general is illegal," said Amin -- KHARTOUM (AFP) 

 

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