Jump to content
BANGKOK 19 May 2019 16:37
Sign in to follow this  
rooster59

Sudan investigating Bashir after large sums of cash found at home: source

Recommended Posts

Sudan investigating Bashir after large sums of cash found at home: source

 

800x800 (5).jpg

FILE PHOTO: Omar al-Bashir addresses the National Dialogue Committee meeting at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdalla/File Photo

 

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - 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. Bashir has not been questioned yet, said the source. Two of his brothers were also detained on allegations of corruption, the source said.

 

Relatives could not be immediately reached on Saturday for comment about the investigation.

 

Bashir, who is also being sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) 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.

 

Hassan Bashir, a professor of political science at the University of Neelain, said the measures against Bashir are intended as a message to other figures associated with his rule that they are not above the law.

 

"The trial is a step that the military council wants to take to satisfy the protesters by presenting al-Bashir for trial," he said.

 

Bashir survived several armed rebellions, economic crises, and attempts by the West to turn him into a pariah during his 30-year rule before he was toppled in a military coup.

 

At a sit-in outside Sudan's Ministry of Defence that began on April 6, protesters stood besides posters of Bashir that called on the ICC to put him on trial.

 

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.

 

reuters_logo.jpg

-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-04-21

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
27 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

Sudan investigating Bashir after large sums of cash found at home

is anyone going to say it 😉

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
59 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

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. 

 

So, a very longtime leader of a developing nation has been caught trying to abscond with huge sums of cash, etc.  Yes, it would be irresponsible for the media not to report it.  However, very sadly, especially considering that a large pct. of his people live in poverty, this is not "news."  It should be labeled as "expected news" with maybe some interesting details of how and so on. 

 

Now, if Bashir was clean, that would definitely be news. 

 

Sorry, somehow I should have included the Casablanca movie reference of "shocked, shocked" in there.

 

 

Edited by helpisgood
more coffee
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chump change. Grace Mugabe would spend more than that on her frequent shopping trips to Singapore. (Or so it has been reported). The first thing a leader in third world countries must do when they come to power is set aside a go-bag with lots of cash to see them through there golden years. His mistake was not bolting sooner. Hopefully, his golden years will now be spent in the Sudan super-max equivalent.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

U remember in another country a police chief of a provincial city ended up as billionaire and prime minister of that country till he moved - with some of his belongings - abroard.

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...