After it moved Sudan’s deposed president Omar al-Bashir to Kobar prison in the capital Khartoum late on Tuesday, the transitional military council announced Wednesday the arrest of two of his brothers as part of a purge of the former regime.
Abdullah and Alabas al-Bashir have been taken into custody on corruption charges, the council’s spokesman Shams al-Din Kabashi told the media in the Sudanese capital.
The army last week ousted Bashir who spent 30 years at the helm of the country, following months of demonstrations. The military council has taken over affairs and promised to restore a civilian rule in two years.
The arrest of al-Bachir brothers is part of demands by demonstrators who requested the round-up of all members of the previous regime.
Other top officials connected to Omar al-Bachir are also detained at the country’s maximum security Kober prison in Khartoum.
The Council has however rejected to hand over any Sudanese, including Bashir, to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The former autocratic leader is wanted by the Hague-based court for war crimes committed in Darfur in 2003.