Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir was charged with corruption-related offences on Sunday, as he appeared in public for the first time since he was overthrown in April.
Wearing traditional white robes and turban, Bashir was driven in a Toyota Land Cruiser to the prosecutor’s office in Khartoum, Reuters witnesses said.
Looking much the same as prior to his ousting, Bashir walked briskly from the vehicle into the building, smiling and speaking with the guards escorting him.
Minutes later he walked out scowling after prosecutors read out the charges he faces, Reuters said.
“The prosecution… accused him of… possession of foreign currency, accepting gifts in an unofficial manner,” prosecutor Alaa al-Din Abdallah said.
He said Bashir was given a chance to respond to the charges. His lawyers declined to answer reporters’ questions.
The military overthrew and detained Bashir on 11 April after 16 weeks of street protests against his 30-year rule.
He was being held in prison in Khartoum North, across the Blue Nile from the capital’s centre.
Prosecutors say a large hoard of foreign currency was found in grain sacks at Mr Bashir’s home after he was ousted, bringing to an end nearly 30 years in power.
Mr Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), accused of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region – charges he denies.