UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir appeared again in court on Saturday in his second court hearing on corruption charges, as his lawyers demanded his release on bail.
Bashir, wearing a traditional white robes, sat in the same iron cage as the two sat at the start of his trial.
During the first hearing, an investigator said Bashir, 75, had admitted receiving $ 90 million in cash from Saudi Arabia in recent years.
On Saturday, the judge heard three witnesses, two of them investigators, who searched Bashir’s residence after his ouster and the other a banker.
“We ask the court to release the defendant under the normal guarantees,” said Hashim Abu Bakr, one of Bashir’s defense lawyers, addressing the court. “Bring your written request and I will review it.”
After the hearing, Bashir was taken in a high-security security convoy to the prison, while two groups of protesters gathered in front of the trial.
Dozens of demonstrators demanded that Bashir be tried for his role in the bloody conflicts that divide the country, not just on corruption charges.
“Bashir has committed a number of crimes that must be prosecuted, not just for these sums of money,” said Yasser Mohamed, carrying a picture of Bashir with the word “murderer” in English.
On the other hand, fewer supporters gathered for the ousted Islamist general, ousted by unprecedented protests that continued for months after 30 years in power.
“We came here to support the legitimate president of the country,” Abdel Rahman Omar told AFP, carrying a picture of Bashir in uniform.
While he did not imagine Bashir appearing in the court cage a few months ago, many in Sudan and abroad warn that this trial should not divert attention from the most serious charges he faces.
Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague because of his alleged role in the genocide against the population in the western Darfur region.
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