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Sudan detains opposition leader: party official
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Feb 10, 2011 - 5:33:24 AM

Sudan detains opposition leader: party official

KHARTOUM Sudanese security services on Thursday arrested prominent government critic Mariam al-Mahdi, daughter of the prime minister whom veteran President Omar al-Bashir ousted in a 1989 coup, a member of her Umma party said.

Mahdi was arrested as she went with a group of activists to petition the security forces for the release of protesters detained nearly two weeks ago, Habab Mubarak, the daughter of another leading Umma party member Mubarak al-Fadil, told AFP.

"The minute we stepped out of the car they arrested her," Mubarak said.

"They also violently grabbed the placards that we had in the back of the car showing pictures of those people who were detained on January 30," she added.

She said the incident took place after around 30 women, among them the mothers of those still being held after anti-government demonstrations last month, set off to present their petition to the head of the Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services Mohammed Atta.

They had gathered at the home of Fadil and were just leaving when the security forces arrested Mariam al-Mahdi, daughter of Sadeq al-Mahdi, the premier Bashir overthrew.



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