Sudan officials: Ousted president moved to Khartoum prison
Sudans ruling military transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to a prison in the countrys capital, a military official and former minister said as hundreds of people marched Wednesday to a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, calling for a quick handover of power to a civilian leadership.
The military last week ousted al-Bashir following months of street protests against his 30-year rule, then appointed a military council it says would rule for no more than two years while elections are organized.
Since his ouster on Thursday, al-Bashir was held in custody at a safe place. The military said it would not extradite him to the International Criminal Court to be tried over charges of war crimes and genocide in the region of Darfur, but would put him on trial at home.
The former minister told The Associated Press that al-Bashir had remained under house arrest at the presidential residence inside the army headquarters compound in Khartoum.
He was then moved to Kopar Prison late Tuesday, according to the ex-minister. The military official confirmed this. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.
Organizers of the street protests had demanded the military move al-Bashir to an official prison.
Meanwhile, hundreds joined a march by doctors and health workers toward the sit-in, which has become the epicenter of the popular uprising in Sudan. Many wore white coats, waved Sudanese flags and chanted: Freedom, peace, justice and the revolution is the peoples choice.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, which is behind the protests, called on the military council to hand over power to a transitional civilian government that would rule for four years. The group fears that the army, dominated by al-Bashir appointees, will cling to power or select one of its own to succeed him.
In a separate development, Sudanese rebels on Wednesday declared a unilateral, three-month cease-fire in areas under their control in the countrys northern Blue Nile state.
Abdelal-Aziz Adam al-Hilu, head of Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement in the north, said the cease-fire was a gesture of goodwill, aimed at giving a chance to the peaceful and quick transfer of power to civilians.
Fighting in the Blue Nile state has been ragging for years between al-Bashir government forces and the rebels, who were left on the northern side of the border after South Sudan became independent in July 2011.
Magdy reported from Cairo.