Sudan Protesters Skeptical of Reports Bashir Transferred to Prison

Uganda would consider giving Omar al-Bashir asylum

A Saudi-Emirati delegation has arrived in Sudan to express support for the country's Transitional Military Council, as world leaders announce their stance on the military coup that ousted President Omar Al-Bashir last week.

Western powers which previously called on Bashir to heed protesters' demands have continued to back the demonstrators, pushing for a civilian administration in talks with military rulers.

A day later, he resigned and it was announced that Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan, Inspector-General of the Armed Forces, would be the new interim President.

While moving al-Bashir to a prison may reflect the military giving in to one of the protesters' demands, it could also be an attempt to get him away from the proximity of the street protests underway outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, where he had been held since the dramatic events of last week.

The embattled leader, BBC reported, was being held in solitary confinement under heavy security.

Henry Oryem, Uganda's minister of state for global affairs, told the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs that the ousted leader is a guarantor to the South Sudan peace process.

Abdelaziz Adam al-Helew, the group's leader, said the "goodwill gesture" is to "give an opportunity for the immediate and smooth handover of power to civilians". ICC member states, which include Uganda, are obligated to hand over indictees who enter their territory.

Oryem, who did not address the fact that Bashir is in custody, said the ousted Sudanese president had played a crucial role in efforts to achieve peace in neighbouring South Sudan, which declared independence from Sudan in 2011 following decades of civil war.

The Sudanese Professionals' Association (SPA), leading the revolt, has called for sweeping change to end violent crackdowns on dissent, purge corruption and cronyism and ease an economic crisis that worsened during Bashir's last years in power.

Meanwhile, Sudan's military council ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize "suspect" funds, state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday. Burhan recently issued a decree relieving the Attorney General, Omer Mohamed Ahmed, the First Assistant Attorney General Hisham Osman Ibrahim Salih, and the Chairman of the Public Prosecution, Amer Ibrahim Majid.

Details of Mahmoud's background was not immediately known.

But a delegation from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates met Burhan in Khartoum on Tuesday, suggesting the TMC would enjoy support from powerful Gulf allies. "We don't under estimate that what happens in Sudan has an effect on Uganda". It demanded the dissolution of paramilitary groups that were loyal to the old government, and of the National Intelligence and Security Service's (NISS) operations authority, and called for an end to Sudan's press law and the public order law, which the SPA has said restricts freedoms.

Mr Oryem also reiterated that what's important is for a peaceful transition of power in respect to the popular aspiration of the civilian struggle.

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