Former President Omar al-Bashir charged with corruption

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Former Sudan President Omar al-Bashir 75, has been charged with corruption.

State owned, SUNA news agency on Thursday quoted an official source as saying that al-Bashir “had been charged under foreign exchange possession materials, the heinous and suspicious wealth and emergency orders”
The military ousted the long-time president in April following months of protests against him.

A military spokesman said on Thursday mistakes had occurred as generals ordered an end to a sit-in demanding a return to civilian rule-The BBC reported.
Eric Reeves, a Sudan researcher at Cambridge University, told Al Jazeera that he doubted that there would be an open trial because al-Bashir “can point to any number of members of the current transitional military council and to their crimes”.

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In April, Sudan’s army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said that more than $113 million worth of cash in three currencies had been seized from Mr Bashir‘s residence
He said a team of police, army and security agents found €7 million (£6.2 million), $350,000 and five billion Sudanese pounds ($105 million) during a search at Mr Bashir’s home.
Mr Bashir swept to power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989.

Sudan suffered high rates of corruption under his rule ranking 172 out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index.

Mr Bashir was overthrown and arrested on 11 April after three decades of authoritarian rule. He has not been seen publicly since he was detained.
In May he was charged with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.

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