Published: Mon, April 22, 2019

Sudanese authorities arrest members of Bashir's party

Sudanese authorities arrest members of Bashir's party

The agency said the source also confirmed that Bashir was under investigation and that prosecutors would "question the former president in Kobar prison".

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which organised the protests that forced al-Bashir out of power, has expressed dissatisfaction with the military taking control of the country but the military council has resisted calls to hand over power to a civilian body.

When the three-decade ruler's home was raided by military intelligence, the source said, authorities found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and 6m euros ($6.7m), as well as 5m Sudanese pounds ($105,000).

As president Mr Al Bashir often played up his humble beginnings as the child of a poor farming family in Hosh Bannaga, a small village consisting mainly of mud houses on the eastern bank of the Nile some 150 kilometres north of Khartoum.

Bashir is also being sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over allegations of genocide in the country's western Darfur region.

Thirty-nine protesters have been killed since protests erupted in December, according to official figures.

"The chief public prosecutor... ordered the (former) president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial", a judicial source told Reuters.

Opposition groups had demanded that the security agencies be restructured. Bashir has not been questioned yet, the source added.

Bashir has been arrested along with his two brothers on allegations of corruption it is claimed.

Relatives could not be immediately reached on Saturday for comment about the investigation.

Omar al-Bashir has also been seen with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2008, who all faced major civil unrest in their country's.

Those arrested included the acting head of the National Congress Party, Ahmed Haroun; ousted President Omar al-Bashir's former first deputy, Ali Osman Taha; his former aide, Awad al-Jaz; the secretary-general of the Islamic movement, Al-Zubair Ahmed Hassan; and former parliament Chairman Ahmed Ibrahim al-Taher, the source said.

Reports said he was being held at the Kobar high-security prison.

"The trial is a step that the military council wants to take to satisfy the protesters by presenting al-Bashir for trial", he said.

Bashir, who ruled Sudan for nearly 30 years, is considered a war criminal.

Al-Bashir's fate has continued to look bleak since the military ousted him following protests by citizens who were disillusioned by his reign.

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