1st LD-Writethru: Sudan's military council says 2 brothers of former president arrested

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KHARTOUM, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Sudan's transitional military council on Wednesday said that two brothers of former President Omar al-Bashir have been arrested and put in prison.

"Two brothers of the head of the former regime, including Abdalla and Al-Abbas, have been arrested. The search is underway for the rest who are hiding themselves," said Shams-Eddin Kabashi, spokesman of the military council, at a press conference in Khartoum.

He stressed that the arrest campaign against the figures of the regime and people suspicious of corruption would continue, vowing to to disclose lists and photos of the people arrested.

He further announced a decision to put irregular military institutions, such as the people's defence forces, the national service and the people's police forces, under the command of army leaders before integrating them into regular military units.

Since last December 19, popular protests have swept Sudan, which caused the Sudanese army to announce on April 11 the ouster of al-Bashir's regime and formation of a transitional military council to run the country's affairs.

Since assuming its tasks, the council, chaired by Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, adopted a number of measures in response to the demands of protesters.

The council earlier said it formed a committee entrusted with receiving the headquarters and assets of the National Congress Party (NCP), which was led by al-Bashir.

It further said it would continue its campaign of arresting all people involved in corruption cases, deciding to review the country's diplomatic missions abroad.

The council also reiterated that it was not intending to use force to disperse the sit-in of thousands of protesters in front of the army's general headquarters in Khartoum, but urged people to help the military council to bring life back to normal. Enditem

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