Sudan probes al-Bashir after ‘large sums of cash found at home’

Sudan probes al-Bashir after ‘large sums of cash found at home’

Khartoum, Apr 21: Sudan’s public prosecutor has begun investigating deposed President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering, a news agency said, citing a judicial source.
The source said that military intelligence had searched al-Bashir’s home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros ($6.75m), as well as five million Sudanese pounds ($104,837).
“The chief public prosecutor… ordered the [former] president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial,” the source said.
“The public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison,” the source added.
Relatives could not be reached for comment about the investigation.
Al-Bashir, who is also being sought by the International Criminal Court over allegations of genocide in the country’s western Darfur region, was removed on April 11 by the military following months of protests against his rule.
His family said this week that the former president had been moved from the presidential palace to the high-security Kobar prison in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.
As president, al-Bashir often played up his humble beginnings as the child of a poor farming family in Hosh Bannaga, a small village consisting mainly of mud houses on the eastern bank of the Nile some 150km north of Khartoum.
‘Incomplete revolution’
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has spearheaded the protests, has called for holding al-Bashir and the members of his administration to account, a purge of corruption and cronyism and easing an economic crisis that worsened during al-Bashir’s last years in power.
On Wednesday, Sudan’s ruling military council ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize “suspect” funds, according to state news agency SUNA.
The council, which has resisted calls by protesters to hand over power to a transitional civilian body, also ordered the “suspension of the transfer of ownership of any shares until further notice and for any large or suspect transfers of shares or companies to be reported” to authorities.
Members of the protest movement said five of its representatives were due to hold talks with the military council to discuss the transfer of power.