Ex-Sudan leader Al-Bashir in court for corruption

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Monday, August 19 marks the beginning of the former Sudan President El-Bashir’s corruption trial.

Bashir who was ousted in April after months of protest.This put an end to his almost thirty years rule over Sudan.

He appeared in court today dressed in white robes and a turban.

At the beginning of the trial, Bashir confirmed his name and laughed when he was asked about his residential address, which he later gave as “formally airport district at army headquarters but now Kobar prison.”

Bashir was accused in court by the police investigator Ahmed Ali Mohammed of admitting to having received $25m from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Charges are for the possessing of foreign currency, corruption, receiving of gifts illegally and the killing of protesters.

The investigator claimed Bashir said he received two previous payment of $35m and $30m from Saudi Arabia’s formal king Abdullahi who died in 2015.

Sudan Military ruler, General Abdulfattah al-Burhan in April confirmed that over $113m (E93) worth of cash in Sudanese pounds and foreign currency was found in Bashir’s apartment.

“ This money was not part of the state budget and I was the one who authorized its spending”. Ali quoted al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir told the investigator that the Saudi money was exchanged and spent but he could not give details on how it was spent and also does not have the documents to back up his statement.

The trial was initially scheduled to start in July but was postponed for security reasons.

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