Uganda May Offer Ousted Sudanese Leader Asylum - Foreign Ministry

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Uganda May Offer Ousted Sudanese Leader Asylum - Foreign Ministry

Uganda may offer asylum to ex-Sudanese President Omar Bashir, who was ousted last week by the military and is currently wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, the Ugandan Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) Uganda may offer asylum to ex-Sudanese President Omar Bashir, who was ousted last week by the military and is currently wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, the Ugandan Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

According to reports, Bashir was transferred to a maximum security prison in northern Khartoum earlier on Wednesday.

"If Omar al-Bashir applies for asylum in Uganda that is a matter that can be considered by the President of Uganda," Henry Okello Oryem, Uganda's foreign minister, said, as quoted by the Africa news media outlet.

Uganda's foreign minister also said that Bashir deserved credit for helping secure the latest peace deal in neighboring South Sudan in 2018.

"President Omar Bashir was co-guarantor for the peace agreement of South Sudan, he has played a very critical role [for] which we are very grateful and his asylum in Uganda is something we can consider," Oryem said.

Bashir, who governed the North African country for nearly 30 years, was detained by the country's military on April 11, following months-long anti-governmental protests throughout Sudan, which demanded the ex-leader's resignation. A transitional military council was established and vowed to hold a new election in two years. However, rallies have continued, with the protesters demanding that the military hand power to a new civilian government.

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