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Sudan: 2 More Senior Officials of Ousted Regime Have Coronavirus

Sudan: 2 More Senior Officials of Ousted Regime Have Coronavirus

Friday, 29 May, 2020 - 06:00
Sudan's former president Omar Hassan al-Bashir sits guarded inside a cage at a courthouse, in Khartoum, Sudan August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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Another two senior officials of ousted president Omar al-Bashir’s regime have contracted the coronavirus in detention, Sudan’s public prosecutor said Friday.

He said that former vice president Ali Muhamed Taha and former defense minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein tested positive while imprisoned in the capital Khartoum.

Both are in their 70s and are the latest of four former party leaders to be infected, raising fears the virus is spreading rapidly through the cells of Kober prison.

They were transferred to isolation centers for treatment.

Officials have ramped up testing of other political figures who landed in jail after a sweeping protest movement toppled Bashir in April last year.

Sudan has released over 4,000 low-risk prisoners to prevent a major outbreak. But freeing former leaders could prove politically explosive as the country makes a fragile transition to democracy.

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