Khartoum – the deposed president Omar AlBashir appeared in court yesterday for the second hearing of his corruption trial, during which his defence asked for his release on bail.
The judge in Khartoum heard three witnesses, two of them investigators who searched Al Bashir’s residency after his ousting in April, and the other a banker.
Al Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner.
During the hearing, the judge asked for the bail request in writing, and said his office was open to receiving it at any time.
Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police detective told the court on Monday.
His trial is seen as a test of how serious authorities are about trying to erase the legacy of his rule.
Bashir did not speak during Saturday’s hearing.
A group of about 150 Al Bashir supporters staged a protest near the courtroom, chanting “We stand united behind our leader” and holding signs saying “The trial of the president is the trial of the nation.”
Al Bashir was also charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters. He has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of masterminding genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.
On Wednesday, Sudan’s new prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and sovereign council were sworn in, marking the formation of a transitional government that will run the country for three years and three months, according to a power-sharing agreement between the military and the main opposition coalition.