May 5, 2020 (Khartoum) Sudan’s police has confirmed that leader of the dissolved National Congress Party (NCP), Ahmed Haroun, has tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by Coronavirus.

This comes after recent rumors on social media that he was infected with COVID-19.

In  a statement seen by Darfur 24, police denied any arrangements to smuggle him from Kober prison, confirming that all these accounts were completely baseless.

Police said  Haron, who held several positions during regime of the former  Salvation Government of the ousted Omar al-Bashir,  fell sick in prison on  April 21, 2020  , so a sample was taken for examination on suspicion of being infected with the Coronavirus , and was subsequently transferred to the police hospital on April 22, 2020  and the result was negative.

However, while he was in hospital and after  occurrence of complications, a CT scan was performed and a second examination for COVID-19 was carried out where he tested positive for Coronavirus..

“Necessary medical precautions were made, and the patient was isolated in preparation for transfer to another location” Police said.  Ahmed Haroun was one of the prominent youth elements in the Sudanese Islamist movement that masterminded the military coup that led Omar al-Bashir to power in 1989.  Haroun is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur while he was Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior.  Following success of the glorious December revolution early April of last year, Haroun was arrested, where he had been serving as head of the National Congress Party.