Ex-Sudanese vice-president Taha ‘critically’ sick, family appeals for bail

Former Sudanese vice-president Ali Osman Mohamed Taha (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 8th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Former Sudanese vice-president Ali Osman Mohamed Taha is critically sick months after he was arrested and put in jail following the ouster of ex-president Omar al-Bashir.

In April, the Sudanese army ousted al-Bashir following months of protests which culminated from hike in living costs in the country which has been under US sanctions since early 1990s.

Speaking to Nyamilepedia on Monday, a family member who requested not to be named said Taha if suffering from a blood medical sickness and that the family were appealing for release from jail.

Our son is suffering from a blood sickness,” the family member said from the Sudanese capital Khartoum. “We are appealing to the government of Hamdok and the Sovereignty Council to release him on bail.”

Taha has been accused by a number of Sudanese politicians of uttering hate speech and threatening protesters days before the ouster of al-Bashir.

He was arrested in April days after the army took over the administration of the country after they also arrested al-Bashir. Taha was quickly taken to the Kober prison.

The former first vice-president and vice-president had had an emergency medical condition that in July led to his transfer from Kober prison to Alia Specialized Hospital, Khartoum.

Sources said at the time that Taha suffered a cardiac arrest, which led him to be transfer to treatment at the Khartoum hospital.

Previous media reports showed that Ali Osman was traveling annually to Turkey to receive treatment and follow up his health, but he has denied and ridiculed these reports.

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