Sudan’s ex-president Bashir charged with corruption

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A Sudanese court has charged ousted president Omar al-Bashir with corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency and corruption.

Judge Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman said at the third session of Bashir’s trial that foreign funds of multiple currencies were found at his home.

Authorities had “seized €6.9 million, $351,770 and 5.7 million Sudanese pounds at (Bashir’s) home which he acquired and used illegally,” the judge added.

An investigator had previously told the court that al-Bashir received $90 million in cash from Saudi royals.

Judge Al-Sadiq noted that illegal acquisition of wealth is punishable by up to 10 years in jail, while illicit use of foreign funds carries a term of up to three years.

The judge denied a request for bail and adjourned the trial for further hearing until Sept. 7.

Al-Bashir was ousted in April after mass protests against his 30-year rule rocked Sudan for months.

Sudan has embarked on a transition to civilian rule following a power-sharing deal signed on Aug. 17 by protest leaders and the generals who ousted al-Bashir.

 




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