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Sudan anger over racist slur caught on air at Bashir trial

A discriminatory abuse aired live on Sudanese television during an extraordinary trial involving ex-President Omar al-Bashir has activated a hullabaloo contrary to the apartheid that lingers to penetrate Sudanese society three years after the experienced leader was forced out.

Bashir's defence lawyers were talking among themselves in the courtroom in the capital, Khartoum, and did not know that their sound transmitter were still on.

One of them was caught saying: "This 'slave' with his ugly nose irritates me."

The Arabic word for slave, "abd", is mostly used in Sudan to bear upon people whose anticipated origin are believed to be African instead of Arab - and is a belittling term used to describe ebony people.

The remark which was made barely three hours into the investigation  of a matter by a law court,  was immaterial with the court proceedings being transmitted on Sudan TV and the YouTube and Facebook pages of the Sudan News Agency (Suna).

The men were talking about celebrated  correspondent Lukman Ahmed, who had just been fired as director of the public broadcasting service.

Ahmed, a former BBC Arabic journalist who initially comes from Darfur, had been selected for the assignment  when a civilian alliance and the military were  engaged in associative democracy after Bashir's sacking.

Last October, the generals backed out on the associative democracy sharing deal, initiating a coup. Ahmed continued  on in his role for another six months, and later was indicted  of refusing to credit the military head of state, having classified news about him to the bottommost of the gazzette.

A clip of the lawyer's remark went shareable, with multifold on social media platform quick to discredit  the cast aspersion made at Ahmed's cost.

This commemorated one of the catchphrase of the 2019 uprising when revolutionaries chanted: "Oh you arrogant racist, the whole country is Darfur."

It was targeted  at Bashir, who took command in 1989 in an Islamist-sponsored  revolution and who became ill famed  worldwide  for the  battle in Darfur.

He has been incriminated  by the International Criminal Court with perpetrating war crimes and genocide there after pro-government, horse-riding Arab militias, best known as Janjaweed, in the early 2000s started targeting villages and driving out their non-Arab residents - or "Zurga", the local term for ethnic black communities. Bashir declined  visiting The Hague but contradicts the allegations , saying they're politically masterminded.

The fact that it was one of Bashir's  advocate that made the remarks pinpointed to the insurgents that Sudan has retrogressed backwards.

Since the take over, he has been held in a private military hospital, and may be placed under house arrest in his home, on humanitarian grounds.

"This is the outcome of a culture of a corrupt mentality," the leader of the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), which had been part of the civilian coalition that was overthrown, tweeted.

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