Sudan's ex-President Omar al-Bashir 'to appear in court soon'

Sudan's ex-President Omar al-Bashir 'to appear in court soon'

Sudan's ex-President Omar al-Bashir 'to appear in court soon'

The military overthrew and detained Bashir on April 11 after 16 weeks of street protests against his rule.

Bashir "will appear in court next week following charges of corruption and possessing foreign currency", Al-Waleed Sayyed Ahmed said, without specifying the day.

The trial referral would be made after a one-week period for objections expires, Ahmed said.

He said Bashir was given a chance to respond to the charges.

He did not name the others accused but said most of the charges were over the "possession of land".

When he imposed a state of emergency on 22 February in a bid to quell protests that erupted in December over the spiralling costs, Bashir issued a decree making it illegal to possess more than $5,000 in foreign currency. Prosecutors had also ordered his interrogation on suspicion of money laundering and financing "terrorism".

Meanwhile, a top general from the country's new ruling military council vowed that those who carried out a deadly crackdown on an iconic protest site that left dozens dead earlier this month would face the death penalty.

A crackdown early this month by Sudan's military rulers, against protesters demanding civilian rule left dozens dead and prompted an worldwide outcry.

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"We could end up with the type of chaos that exists in Libya or Somalia and the last thing Egypt wants is another Libya on its southern border".

In May, the prosecutor general said that Bashir had been charged over the killings of protesters during those anti-regime demonstrations, which eventually led to his ouster. The demonstrators were demanding a return to civilian rule. They also announced a package of conditions to be met before resuming talks, which included the formation of an worldwide commission to investigate the killings of protesters, restored internet services, adherence to previous deals struck before the breakdown in talks and the return of paramilitary troops to their barracks. The TMC has since admitted to ordering the crackdown.

The protesters ended their strike amid mediation efforts by the Ethiopian leader, who declared earlier this week that talks would be resumed "soon".

Nagy, the US assistant secretary of state for Africa, said Sudan risks sliding into Libya or Somalia-like chaos. "The two parties absolutely do not trust each other in any way", Nagy said on Friday, following a visit to Khartoum.

Social media users have change profiles to blue in solidarity with protesters.

"We have a mandate from the Sudanese people to form a government from technocrats", he told a press conference in Khartoum.

On Thursday, military council spokesman General Shamseddine Kabbashi expressed "regret" over the crackdown.

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