Sudan’s chief prosecutor said on Saturday that ousted president Omar al-Bashir will be referred for trial soon after a period for objections expires.
Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud also told a news conference in Khartoum that criminal cases related to corruption have been opened against 41 other former officials.
He said he had attended a meeting with military heads to discuss judicial supervision of a plan to clear what he called “criminals” from an area adjacent to a protest camp in the centre of the capital.
But the idea of dispersing the protesters was not discussed, he said. Bashir was ousted in April this year after spending three decades in power.
Bashir’s government was known to persecute religious minorities especially Christians.
Meriam Ibrahim made global headlines in 2014 when Sudanese authorities sentenced her to death for apostasy after she married a Christian man. She was jailed at eight months pregnant and said she was forced to give birth “shackled to the floor”.
Ibrahim’s case drew global condemnation from human rights campaigners and international politicians alike. Sudan finally agreed to release her, and allowed her to leave the country in June.
All this was fitting neatly into a long-held, though occasionally exaggerated, narrative of Sudanese state oppression of religious and ethnic minorities.