12 February 2013

Sudan's Ex-Spy Chief Rushed to Hospital After Suffering Fresh Health Setback in Prison

Khartoum — The former director of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Salah Gosh was rushed to hospital after suffering complications related to his heart condition, sources told Sudan Tribune today.

Former director of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services Salah Gosh

Gosh, who was thrown in jail last November with dozens of security and army figures over alleged coup attempt, has had a long history of heart troubles.

People close to Gosh say that the once powerful figure has ignored advises by his physicians to refrain from smoking and caffeinated drinks and avoid stress.

He suffered a heart attack while in prison last year and was transferred to an NISS hospital where he underwent catheterization.

Sources say that Gosh's family was only informed about his situation in the afternoon. His wife and daughter, a physician, were allowed to visit him in Al-Amal hospital in Khartoum.

Upon hearing the news, his supporters and relatives gathered in front of the hospital despite heavy security monitoring in the area.

Gosh's arrest marked the downfall of the once powerful spy chief who is better known for his deep cooperation with the United States on counter-terrorism following September 2001 attacks in Washington and New York. He was abruptly dismissed from his position in 2009 before being appointed as a presidential adviser for security.

In 2011, he was abruptly sacked by President Omer Hassan al-Bashir from the position following an imbroglio between him and the powerful presidential assistant Nafe Ali Nafe over dialogue with opposition parties. He was later stripped of his positions within the NCP and only maintained his seat in the parliament.

Despite repeated official promises of unveiling result of investigation into the coup attempt, Gosh and others remain in prison without charges and it is not clear whether they will be eventually prosecuted.

The government rejected views expressed by skeptics that the case against the detainees is without merits or at its best a preemptive move based on little evidence.

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