Sunday, May 26, 2019 | ePaper

Sudan investigating Bashir after large sums of cash found at home

  • Print
Reuters, Khartoum :
Sudan's public prosecutor has begun investigating ousted President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of large sums of foreign currency without legal grounds, a judicial source said on Saturday.
The source said that military intelligence had searched Bashir's home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros, as well as five million Sudanese pounds.
"The chief public prosecutor... ordered the (former) president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial," a judicial source told Reuters.
"The public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison," the source added.
Relatives could not be immediately reached on Saturday for comment about the investigation.
Bashir, who is also being sought by the International Criminal Court over allegations of genocide in the country's western Darfur region, was ousted on April 11 by the military following months of protests against his rule and had been held at a presidential residence.
Bashir's family said this week that the former president had been moved to the high-security Kobar prison in Khartoum.
As president 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 150 km (93 miles) north of Khartoum.
The Sudanese Professionals' Association, leading the protests, has called for holding Bashir and members of his administration to account, a purge of corruption and cronyism and easing an economic crisis that worsened during Bashir's last years in power.
On Wednesday, Sudan's transitional 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 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.

More News For this Category

Judicial Probe body to inquire into disappearance, extra-judicial killings

Staff Reporter :Eminent citizens of the country on Saturday called for forming a Judicial Probe Commission to inquire into the incidents of enforced disappearance, abduction and extra-judicial killings for justice. "These

Padma Bridge's 13th span installed

UNB, Munshiganj :The 13th span of the much-hyped Padma Bridge was installed on Saturday morning.A total 1,950 metres of bridge is visible now with the installation of the 13th span

UNHCR tells Myanmar

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has urged the Myanmar government to take action to enable the Rohingyas in Bangladesh and those displaced inside the country to return home

PM for high-speed tourist train on Dhaka-Cox's Bazar route

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said her government could introduce a high-speed tourist train on Dhaka-Cox's Bazar route."We think we will be able to introduce a high-speed tourist train

EU vote faces new covert digital threats

AFP :New players are exploiting internet lawlessness to disrupt democracy at this week's European elections, says a new report that points a finger at far-right populists and cyber militias.With the

Tory leadership: Rivals clash over support for no-deal Brexit

Tory leadership: Rivals clash over support for no-deal Brexit

Conservative leadership contenders have clashed over Brexit as the race to succeed Theresa May in No 10 begins.Rory Stewart said he would not serve under rival Boris Johnson because of

PM opens 2nd Meghna, Gumti bridges thru videoconference

PM opens 2nd Meghna, Gumti bridges thru videoconference

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the aim of her government is to improve the living standard of people and free the country from poverty."We're taking Bangladesh to the

3 killed in Sirajganj, Natore lightning strikes

Three people were killed and four others injured in separate lightning strikes in Sirajganj and Natore districts early Saturday.In Sirajganj, two workers were killed and three others injured in a

US orders new troops to Middle East to counter Iran 'threat'

AFP :The United States said it was deploying 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East to counter "credible threats" from Iran in a move denounced by Tehran on Saturday as

2 Rohingyas held at HSIA

Staff Reporter  :Two Rohingya women were detained while attempting to board a flight of Kuwait Airlines from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early Saturday.Accused  Jobeda Khatun, 63, and Jamila Begum, 58