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Sudan: Bashir faces probe over money laundering

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Prosecutors in Sudan have launched an investigation into a possible money laundering activity by former leader, Omar al-Bashir.

An announcement of the investigation was made public on Saturday after large sums of money mostly in foreign currency were found in the ex-leader’s house.

Reuters reported that a judicial source claimed military intelligence searched Bashir’s home and found suitcases with more than $351,000.

Currency worth six million euros and five million Sudanese pounds were also found, according to the judicial sources.

The source was quoted by Reuters as saying that “The chief public prosecutor… ordered the (former) president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial”.

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“The public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison,” the source added.

From power to prison 

The toppled ex-leader has been caged at the Kobar prison days after he was removed from power in a military coup.

He could face trial but the country has refused to extradite him to The Hague where he is wanted for war crimes.

Meanwhile Uganda has said it was willing to consider offering Mr. Bashir asylum.

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A foreign affairs minister of Uganda on Wednesday said his country won’t hesitate in offering a safe place for the ex-Sudanese leader.

Weeks of protests by citizens led to the eventual toppling of Mr. Bashir who had vowed to stay on.

The protests were over worsening economic conditions at first but soon threatened Bashir’s regime.

Despite his exit from power protesters are still demanding a total overhaul of the current political regime.




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