Bashir moved to prison

Military orders ‘suspect’ funds seized in anti-graft move

Sudanese protesters wave signs as they continue to protest outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum on Wednesday. — AFP

Uganda may offer ex-president political asylum

Deposed ex-Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has been moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said on Wednesday, and transitional military rulers announced steps to crack down on corruption.

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.

In initial moves to tackle graft, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize “suspect” funds, state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday.

The TMC also decreed that all state entities disclose financial holdings within 72 hours, and warned that officials who failed to comply could be fined and face up to 10 years in prison.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), a rebel group fighting in the southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, announced it was ceasing all hostilities until July 31 as a “goodwill gesture” following Bashir’s overthrow.

The SPLM-N had sought to overthrow Bashir and pushed for autonomy for Blue Nile and South Kordofan states and a redistribution of wealth and political powers in the country.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s state minister for foreign affairs, Okello Oryem, told Reuters that Uganda will consider offering asylum to Bashir despite. But Oryem said Bashir had yet to make any contact with Kampala. — Agencies