Sudan central bank freezes 163 bank accounts belonging to senior officials who served under Omar al-Bashir

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Sudan’s Committee to Dismantle the June 30, 1989 Regime and Retrieve Public Funds announced seizing several banking accounts dealing in billions of Sudanese pounds, trading on the parallel market, and involved in money laundering.
Social media users shared a circular issued to commercial banks operating in the country, ordering them to freeze 163 bank accounts mostly belonging to individuals from the ousted regime.
Frozen bank accounts belong to senior officials who served under Omar al-Bashir.
The circular, published by the Central Bank of Sudan, also covers accounts belonging to the officials’ relatives and children.

According to the circular, the central bank decided to seize the accounts based on a letter issued by the Committee to Dismantle the June 30, 1989 Regime and Retrieve Public Funds.
The Committee enjoys far-reaching jurisdiction to dismantle the former regime, its institutions, and political and economic power centers. Apart from putting former regime symbols on trial, the Committee also retrieves funds amassed by corrupt individuals who were powerful under Bashir’s rule.
Additionally, the Committee is clearing state institutions from employees assigned to their posts simply because of their political allegiance to the former regime.

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Wagdi Salih, a lawyer, and politician who sits on the 18-member body, has revealed that the Committee could seize 90 bank accounts that handled over 64 billion Sudanese pounds in transactions in a short time.
Salih noted that the bank accounts belonged to individuals who were not involved in a clear economic activity or businesses in a press conference.

However, these accounts have been tied to money laundering and currency exchange schemes. Some of the owners of these accounts have been arrested with procedures pending for other account holders residing abroad.
For his part, Salih denied that the goal of the Committee’s operation was to expose people’s accounts in banks and said that his Committee only pursues suspicious accounts and according to legal and constitutional references.

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