Not yet Done with Al-Bashir! Sudan’s Dictator in hot Soup again!

Is it going to be easy for ousted Sudans’s long serving dictator? Is freedom knocking at people’s doors either? Well, Sudan’s prosecutor general on Thursday ordered the questioning of deposed president Omar al-Bashir over money-laundering and “financing terrorism”, as protesters staged a vast rally in Khartoum to demand a civilian government.

A source in the prosecutor general’s office confirmed reports on state media that acting public prosecutor general Al-Waleed Sayyed Ahmed had ordered Bashir’s questioning under “anti-money laundering and financing terrorism laws”.

Three weeks after Bashir was ousted by the military, vast crowds of demonstrators thronged the area around Sudan’s army headquarters in Khartoum Thursday for a “million-strong” march demanding a civilian administration.

Protesters gathered in even greater numbers than recent days, packing all the roads and bridges leading to the central Khartoum complex as talks between protest leaders and the country’s military rulers remained deadlocked.

The two sides have agreed to form a joint civilian-military council to rule Sudan, but are at odds over its composition.

Protesters are demanding a civilian majority, while the army wants a council dominated by generals.

The disagreement prompted the alliance to call for a “million-strong” march to assert their demand.

“We want civilian rule and we will keep coming until that happens,” said protester Emad Abbas.

Bashir ruled Sudan with an iron fist for three decades. During his rule the country was placed on Washington’s list of state sponsors of terrorism over its alleged links with Islamist militants.

Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden lived in Sudan between 1992 to 1996.

Bashir’s regime was replaced by a 10-member military council.

Protest leaders from the Alliance for Freedom and Change want to replace that with a mixed body, but say the generals are not serious about handing power to civilians.

As the wrangling persisted Thursday, crowds flocked to the army headquarters in central Khartoum to join the thousands who have remained camped there round-the-clock for weeks.

Protest leaders on Thursday handed the military council proposals for the new civilian structures they want to see rule the country eventually, including executive and legislative bodies.

The army said it would examine the document and “continue with our communication with the alliance”.

But the military council has also warned it will not allow “chaos” and urged protesters to dismantle makeshift barricades they have erected around the site, where several roads remain blocked.

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