Sudan’s ex-President Omar al-Bashir has been transferred from detention into a maximum security prison, Kobar, located in the capital, Khartoum days after he was deposed in a military coup.
The Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Oryem Okello told Reuters news agency the country would consider offering the deposed leader asylum if he applied, despite an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the deaths of 300,000 people during the insurgency in Darfur over a decade ago.
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry is appealing for international support to back the military rulers who took power after ousting long-serving president Omar al-Bashir.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is looking forward to the international community to understand the situation and to support the transitional military council in order to achieve the Sudanese goal of democratic transition.
Bashir’s last Defense Minister was sworn in as leader of the military transition council but in less that 48-hours Awad ibn Auf resigned his position giving way to a new leader in Abdelfattah Burhan Abdelrahman, a former inspector general of the army.
Protesters meanwhile continue to pile pressure for an immediate return to civilian rule. A former intelligence chief also announced his resignation yesterday in what is seen as part of protester demands.
Bashir led Sudan for close to 30 years. He is accused of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s western Darfur region, for which the ICC issued an arrest warrant.