Sudan's Omar Al-Bashir thrown into prison as Uhuru goes silent

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Ousted Omar al-Bashir is now in detention and is likely to face trial in Sudan. The military has announced a transitional period of up to two years followed by elections, but demonstrators are pushing for a quick handover of power to civilians.

Citing a source at the prison on Wednesday, Reuters reported that al-Bashir was being held under tight security in solitary confinement since Tuesday.

"People have been continuously protesting, they didn't have time to celebrate after Bashir was toppled", said Ahmed Najdih, a regular at the sit-in.

The area was previously known as Kober, taking its name from the prison, but al-Bashir later changed the name to Omar al-Mukhtar after a hero of Libya's struggle against Italian colonial rule.

The leader of the Transitional Military Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, lifted a curfew and released prisoned protesters.

"We are not asking the United States to do the heavy lifting, or bankroll Sudan, but we need it to send the right signals", said Osman, acknowledging the suspension of US-Sudan talks.

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With the Saudis and Emiratis seeking to limit the number of their own citizens who lose their lives or suffer injuries in the war, neither country wants Sudan to leave the coalition.

Sudan's foreign minister has said that Burhan is "committed to having a complete civilian government", but the African Union has threatened to suspend Sudan from the bloc over the coup unless changes are made within 15 days.

The head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council has fired the three highest-ranking public prosecutors, the TMC said on Tuesday, after protesters demanded an overhaul of the judiciary as part of steps towards civilian government.

Protest leaders have gradually toughened their approach towards the transitional military council, as policy announcements from its uniformed officers have multiplied.

"He has played a very critical role which we are very grateful [for] and his asylum in Uganda is something we can consider", the minister said. Five out of seven indictment counts relate to the crimes against humanity, while the remaining two counts pertain to war crimes. The protests against al-Bashir gained momentum after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power for 20 years, resigned in response to weeks of similar protests. ICC member states, which include Uganda, are legally obliged to hand over indictees who enter their territory.

Lt. Gen. Shamseldin Kibashi said in televised remarks that the military had begun to overhaul the security apparatus and wouldn't break up the demonstrations outside the military headquarters. He allowed a referendum to be held that led to the creation of a separate country for the people of South Sudan, whose people had for decades alleged discrimination and marginalisation by the Arab North.