Former Sudan president Omar al-Bashir charged with corruption

Sudan’s state prosecutors said on Thursday that former president Omar al-Bashir had been charged with corruption following an investigation conducted after he left office.

Al-Bashir was forced to quit the presidency on April 11 following months of mass protests against his rule.

The 75-year-old had ruled Sudan for nearly 30 years.

After leaving office, al-Bashir was arrested by the military and placed under investigations for among other things, corruption.

The public prosecutors office said the charges against the former president were related to laws on “suspected illicit wealth and emergency orders.”

Bashir himself has not made any comments since he was arrested in April.

Sudan’s protests begun in December 2018, sparked by a rise in the cost of living.

Months on, and with al-Bashir out of office, the protests continue with demands of a civilian rule to replace the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that took over from the former leader.

The current situation in Sudan prompted Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to travel to Khartoum last week to re-ignite a mediation process between TMC and the protesters.

During his visit, PM Abiy met with leaders from both sides and called for a "quick" democratic transition in the country.

Abiy’s visit came after the African Union suspended Sudan’s membership, calling for the formation of a civilian-led transitional authority.

On its part, China last week said it was closely monitoring the situation, but it hoped that normalcy would resume soon.

"We hope Sudan can maintain stability, smoothly carry out the political transition and get onto the normal track of development as soon as possible," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.