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Sudan: Bashir charged with corruption during court hearing

Sudan’s ex-president, Omar al-Bashir was on Saturday charged with corruption by a Sudanese judge.

Bashir was during the court proceedings formally indicted for possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption.

The former leader has denied these charges and challenged them as well he was publicly questioned for the first time since his toppling.

The source of Omar al-Bashir’s finances were revealed during the start of his trial last month.

Prosecutors revealed that Mr. Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia.

He is now facing a corruption trial months after he was toppled in a coup carried out by the military.

In April large sums of money mostly in foreign currency were found in the ex-leader’s house.

Military intelligence searched Bashir’s home and found suitcases with more than $351,000.

Currency worth six million euros and five million Sudanese pounds were also found, according to the judicial sources.

On Saturday Bashir said “It was not possible to present the money to the ministry of finance or the central bank because that would have required clarifying the source of the funds, and the Saudi prince asked that his name should not appear,” said Bashir.

“I used the money for private donations to various parties,” including medical services, a university, an Islamic media channel, and the urgent provision of petroleum products, he said.

The toppled ex-leader has been caged at the Kobar prison for months after he was removed from power.

Sudan has refused to extradite him to The Hague where he is wanted for war crimes.

Protests over worsening economic conditions triggered moves towards dismantling Bashir’s regime.


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