Al-Turabi’s family denies allegations that he was poisoned


Khartoum – The family of the late Sudanese Islamic thinker, Hassan al-Turabi, denied allegations about his poisoned death, the day after the publication of statements in local media by the Secretary-General of the Popular Congress Party, Muhammad Badr al-Din, in which he said, “We presented our sheikh and our leader as a martyr, and the time will come when we say who poisoned him and who killed him, And whoever led him to prisons in his lifetime.”

“The day will come when we will say everything,” Badr El-Din added, according to statements to Al-Sudani newspaper issued on Wednesday.

Issam, the son of the late Popular Congress Party leader, told Al Jazeera Net, “Sheikh al-Turabi died in his office as a result of a heart attack caused by his prolonged suffering with heart disease.”

According to al-Turabi’s son, a highly qualified medical team supervised the treatment of the deceased.

Al-Turabi passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the age of 84.

Issam refuted the allegations about the death of the leader of the Popular Congress Party by poison, revealing that his father had undergone a poison examination earlier in his death in France, which proved that his body was free of any toxic substances.

As for the reason that might be behind the statements of the Secretary-General of the People’s Congress, al-Turabi’s son replied that he would refrain from commenting.

The late Hassan al-Turabi is considered one of the most prominent faces of politics and thought in Sudan and the Islamic world. He studied law at the University of Khartoum, then obtained a BA at the British University of Oxford in 1957, and a state doctorate at the Sorbonne University in Paris in 1964.

Al-Turabi joined the Muslim Brotherhood and became one of its leaders in Sudan in 1969, but later separated from it and took an independent path.

1996 was elected Speaker of the Sudanese Parliament, and was elected Secretary General of the ruling National Congress in 1998.

A dispute arose between him and the ousted President Omar al-Bashir, which developed until a split occurred in the regime entity in 1999, so al-Turabi was removed from his official and partisan positions, and in 2001 he established the “People’s Congress”.

Source : The island + Selections from Al Jazeera Documentary website

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