Al-Bashir to be investigated over money-laundering suspicions
Sudan's ousted president Omar Bashir looks on during the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Not Pictured), in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 5, 2016. EPA-EFE FILE/KHALED ELFIQI
Khartoum, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Sudan’s public attorney on Saturday ordered the African country’s ousted president, Omar al-Bashir, be investigated on suspicion of money-laundering and possession of large sums of foreign currencies.
If convicted, al-Bashir could be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.
Army and intelligence officers searched his house and found over six million euros ($6.75 million), $351,000 and 5 million Sudanese pounds ($105,000), the anti-corruption prosecutor, Moatasem Abdullah Mahmud, said.
The public attorney had issued an order granting the security forces permission to enter al-Bashir’s house, located in the army headquarters.
The sums of money found in al-Bashir’s house will have to be deposited in the Central Bank of Sudan, according to the statement.
The statement concluded that the public attorney's office “has immediately started to implement the orders of the military council and carry out its duty to fight corruption”.
Al-Bashir, who was ousted on Apr 11 by the military in the wake of massive protests that broke out in Dec., has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in the capital, Khartoum, a military source told EFE.
Al-Bashir’s two brothers are also under arrest, as they are “symbols of the overthrown regime” who are allegedly involved in corruption cases, the spokesperson for the Transitional Military Council, Shams Aldin Kabashi, told the state-run TV on Apr 17.
The military council, who has been running Sudan since the army ousted al-Bashir, has announced they will oversee a two-year transition period, and started a negotiation process with the political parties over the political transition in the African country.
The leaders of the uprising, as well as the opposition groups, are expected to announce on Sunday their candidates to the new government that they want to replace the military leadership of the country.
Sudanese demonstrators remain in front of the army headquarters in Khartoum, calling for a speeding up in the transfer of power to a civil authority.
Al-Bashir had been in power for almost 30 years after he led a coup in the oil-rich country in 1989.
Since the country split with South Sudan in 2011, Sudan has been increasingly paralyzed by protests and instability, as well as a worsening economic crisis. EFE