The deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir of Sudan is in the cage of a suspect while he appears in court in Khartoum for the second session of his corruption trial
- Bashir was wearing a white dress when he appeared today for the second hearing in the capital
- At the first hearing, he admitted that he received at least £ 73 million from Saudi princes
- Al-Bashir ruled Sudan for 30 years dictatorially before he was deposed in April
The deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir of Sudan appeared in court today for the second session of his corruption process, in which his defense asked for his release on bail.
Bashir, dressed in a traditional white dress, was in the same metal cage in which he appeared Monday when his corruption trial was opened.
At the first hearing, a researcher said that Bashir had admitted that he had received at least $ 90 million in cash from Saudi monarchs in recent years.
Sudan & # 39; s deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir appeared in court today for the second session of his corruption trial, in which his defense asked for his release on bail
Bashir, dressed in a traditional white dress, was in the same metal cage in which he appeared Monday when his corruption trial was opened
The judge in Khartoum heard three witnesses on Saturday, two of whom were investigators who searched the home of Bashir after his expulsion in April, and the other a banker.
& # 39; We ask the court to release the accused on bail & # 39 ;, said Bashir's lawyer, Hashem Abu Bakr, to which the judge replied that he would investigate a written request.
Al-Bashir had ruled the country for 30 years with an iron fist before being ousted by Defense Secretary Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf.
Auf then announced the takeover on television while sitting in a gold-clad armchair, and announced a three-month state of emergency, a national cease-fire, and the suspension of the constitution.
Auf had added that 75-year-old Bashir, 75, had been arrested in a & # 39; safe place & # 39; of which sources claimed he was under & # 39; heavy guard & # 39; in the presidential palace. was detained.
After today's hearing, when a massive security convoy escorted 75-year-old Bashir back to prison, two opposing groups of protesters had gathered.
A group of dozens of demonstrators sang slogans for Bashir to do justice, not only because of corruption, but also for his role in the country's deadly conflicts.
& # 39; Bashir is a killer & # 39; and & # 39; He must face justice & # 39 ;, some protesters sang.
After today's hearing, while a massive security convoy escorted the 75-year-old Bashir back to prison, a group of dozens of protesters sang slogans for Bashir to do justice, not just about corruption, but also because of its role in the deadly conflicts of the country
Another smaller group had appeared to support the ousted Islamic General, who was forced into power by ruthless protests after 30 years in April.
Although the sight of Bashir in a cage in a courtroom was unthinkable months ago, many in Sudan and abroad have warned that this process should not distract from the more serious charges he is facing.
The former Sudanese leader is being sought by the International Criminal Court in The Hague because of his role in mass killings in the western region of Darfur.
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