Sudan’s chief prosecutor said on
Saturday that ousted President Omar al-Bashir would be sent for trial soon on
corruption charges related to his three decades in power.
Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud told a
news conference the trial referral would be made after a one-week period for
objections expires, adding that criminal cases have been opened against 41
other former officials accused of graft.
The prosecutor’s office said on
Thursday that Bashir, who was ousted by the military in April following months
of protests against his 30-year autocratic rule, had been charged with
corruption after an investigation was completed.
The charges are related to laws on
“suspected illicit wealth and emergency orders,” the office said, without
giving more details.
Bashir had already been charged in
May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters. Prosecutors
also ordered his interrogation on suspicion of money laundering and terrorism
Mahmoud also said he had attended a
meeting with military heads to discuss judicial supervision of a plan to clear
what he called “criminals” from an area adjacent to a protest camp in the
center of the capital.
But the idea of dispersing the
protesters was not discussed, he added.
The country’s military rulers said
on Thursday they had thwarted several coup attempts and that some officers had
been arrested over the deadly dispersal of protesters at a sit-in in Khartoum
earlier this month.