13 held in Sudan 'plot'

2012-11-22 19:34

Khartoum - Thirteen Sudanese including military and state intelligence officers and the former intelligence chief have been arrested over a "plot" targeting national stability, Sudan's information minister said on Thursday.

"The most prominent is retired general Salah Gosh," longtime chief of the national intelligence service until 2009, said the minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman.

Also held is General Adil Al-Tayeb, of the National Intelligence and Security Service, and Brigadier Mohammed Ibrahim of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Osman said.

Ibrahim was deputy commander of the military's operation earlier this year to retake the Heglig oil fields after a brief occupation by South Sudan.

Osman released no other names for those allegedly involved in the plot which "targeted the stability of the state and some leaders of the state".

He said those arrested are under investigation in connection with the plot which was initially planned for 15 November but was delayed until Thursday.

"The authorities decided to stop them before they implemented it," Osman said.