- Arman's SPLM-North is the political wing of a rebel movement that has fought against Sudanese security forces in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states for much of the last decade.
- Sudanese state television reported that Arman and two fellow leading rebels had been released from custody.
A Sudanese rebel chief said Monday he was deported from Khartoum to South Sudan with two comrades hours after authorities claimed to have released the three men from detention.
"I was deported against my will... I have not been released; I have been deported from my country," Yasir Arman, deputy chief of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), told an AFP reporter at a hotel in South Sudan's capital Juba.
Sudanese state television reported earlier on Monday that Arman -- together with fellow leading rebels Ismail Jalab and Mubarak Ardol -- had been released from custody.
"I came together with comrade Ismail Khamis Jalab and comrade Mubarak Ardol... I just want to confirm I have been deported against my will," Arman told AFP, adding he had been well received by authorities in Juba.
Arman said on Twitter he had been "deported against my will by a military helicopter from Khartoum to Juba.