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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrives to address members of the Popular Defence Force (PDF), a paramilitary group, in the capital Khartoum on February 12, 2019 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]
Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrives to address members of the Popular Defence Force (PDF), a paramilitary group, in the capital Khartoum on February 12, 2019 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]

The family of the deposed Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir has appointed four lawyers to defend him before the country’s public prosecution against accusations of “money laundering and possession of large sums of foreign currency without legal grounds,”

A source from the family told Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) that the hired lawyers included the former parliament speaker, Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Raher and the former Sudanese defense ministers Abdel Basit Sabderat and Omar Abdul Ati.

“Some 50 lawmakers have expressed readiness to defend Bashir,” the source pointed out.

Local media recently reported that the Sudanese public prosecution had questioned Bashir last Thursday in the absence of a defence lawyer, noting that it had justified the move “as a preliminary probe to assess the available data and to decide on whether to open an investigation and call for a lawyer.”

The move comes as Bashir has acknowledged the charges addressed against him by the state authorities. He was accused of “organising a coup against the legitimate government in 1989.”

Bashir was removed from office by the Sudanese army following months of popular protests against his 30-year rule. A Military Transitional Council (MTC) is now overseeing a two-year “transitional phase” during which it has pledged to hold free presidential elections.

Demonstrators, however, have remained on the streets to demand that the MTC hand over power – at the earliest possible date – to an elected civilian government.

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