Sudan's former intelligence chief Salah Gosh has been questioned but not detained over a plot to disrupt national security, a senior ruling party official told AFP on Thursday.
"I don't think that this is detention," said Rabbie Abdelatti Ebaid, of the National Congress Party. "They called him to get information because he was head of intelligence before."
He said security agents were still in the process of clarifying information about the plot.
"Up to now I don't think the information is clear," Ebaid said. "I don't think this is a coup."
Salah Abdallah, known as Salah Gosh, ran the intelligence services from the end of the 1990s until President Omar al-Bashir replaced him with Gosh's number two, General Mohamed Atta al-Moula, in August 2009.
Gosh then became presidential security adviser until he was sacked early last year. He had been pushing for dialogue with the political opposition.
As intelligence chief following the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Gosh boosted cooperation between Sudan's intelligence service and its American counterpart, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).