Sudan's prosecutor general on Thursday ordered the questioning of deposed president Omar al-Bashir over money-laundering and "financing terrorism", as protesters staged a vast rally in Khartoum to demand a civilian government.
A source in the prosecutor general's office confirmed reports on state media that acting public prosecutor general Al-Waleed Sayyed Ahmed had ordered Bashir's questioning under "anti-money laundering and financing terrorism laws".
Three weeks after Bashir was ousted by the military, vast crowds of demonstrators thronged the area around Sudan's army headquarters in Khartoum Thursday for a "million-strong" march demanding a civilian administration.
Protesters gathered in even greater numbers than recent days, packing all the roads and bridges leading to the central Khartoum complex, AFP correspondents there said, as talks between protest leaders and the country's military rulers remained deadlocked.
The two sides have agreed to form a joint civilian-military council to rule Sudan, but are at odds over its composition.
Protesters are demanding a civilian majority, while the army wants a council dominated by generals.
The disagreement prompted the alliance to call for a "million-strong" march to assert their demand.
"We want civilian rule and we will keep coming until that happens," said protester Emad Abbas.