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Sudan's ex-president Omar al-Bashir arrives for trial



 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir poses for a group photo with members of his new 20-member cabinet as they take oath at the presidential palace Image copyright
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Omar al -Bashir took power in a 1
989 coup and was toppled by the military in 2019 (archive photograph)
                

Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir has arraigned in court to face corruption charges, which his lawyers say are baseless.

Mr Bashir was ousted in April after months of protests bringing an end to his nearly 30 years in power.

In June, prosecutors said a large hoard of foreign currency was found in grain sacks at his home.

On Sunday, pro-democracy activists and the country's military leaders signed a deal paving the way for elections.

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There was heavy security outside the courthouse in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, witnesses say,

The former president arrived with a large military convoy, AFP news agency reports.

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Image caption [19659005] In June, Omar al-Bashir was seen in public for the first time outside the prosecutor's office in Khartoum
                

In 1965, Sudan's military ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said more than $ 113

In April, Sudan's military ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said m (£ 93m) worth of cash in Sudanese pounds and foreign currency was seized from Mr Bashir's home.

Mr Bashir's defense team dismissed the charges.

The ousted leader was due in court in July – but the trial

What other charges does Mr Bashir face in Sudan?

In May, Sudan's public prosecutor charged Mr Bashir with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

The charges stem from an inquiry In the death of a doctor killed during protests that led to the end of Mr Bashir's rule in April.

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There have been protests on the streets of Sudan for months
                

A doctor had been treating injured protesters in his home in Khartoum when police fired tear gas into the building.

A witness told the BBC that a doctor had walked out with his hands in the air, told the police he

What about the transition to democracy?

Mr Bashir's trial will be seen as a test of whether the new authorities are able to deal with the alleged crimes of the previous regime.

] On Saturday, Sudan's ruling military council, which took over after Mr Bashir's ousting, and the civilian opposition alliance signed a landmark power-sharing deal.

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Media caption Mohamed Hamdan " Hemeti "Dagolo talks to Zeinab Badawi about Sudan accord

The agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way toward elections and civilian rule.

Mohamed Hamdan" Hemeti "Dagolo, widely rega rded as Sudan's most powerful man, pledged to abide by its terms.

The members of the new sovereign council were supposed to be sworn in on Monday, but the ceremony was postponed 48 hours after a request from pro-democracy activists, the Reuters news agency quotes a military spokesman as saying.


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