Arrest of former Sudan intelligence chief blocked


Sudanese prosecutors ordered the arrest of a former intelligence chief for questioning over a bank account but guards blocked his arrest, the prosecutor’s office said.

Salah Abdallah Mohamed Salah, known as Salah Gosh, was to be questioned over an account containing 46 billion Sudanese pounds (801 million pounds) only accessible to him, the prosecutor’s office said.

Gosh, who headed the National Intelligence and Security Service and was once the most influential person in the country after the now-ousted President Omar al-Bashir, was held responsible by protesters for killing of demonstrators demanding an end to military rule.

Last week the prosecutor charged Bashir and others with incitement and involvement in the deaths of protesters.

The public prosecutor ordered Bashir interrogated on charges of money laundering and financing terrorism earlier this month. There has been no comment from Bashir, in prison in Khartoum.