Sudan: al-Bashir admits to receiving $25m from Saudi crown prince
Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir has admitted to receiving US$25 million from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.
The former leader, who was ousted from power by Sudan’s military in April, admitted to receiving the money during a trial where he is facing charges of corruption and the illicit possession of foreign currency.
Al-Bashir admits to receiving Saudi funds
Sudan’s notorious former president, Omar al-Bashir, was formally questioned for the first time over hoards of cash discovered at his home in Khartoum after he was ousted by the military earlier this year.
The 75-year-old released a statement on Saturday after being charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and corruption, admitting that he had received $25m from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. However, he insisted that he used the money for donations, not personal benefits.
If the former president is found guilty of the charges against him, he could be imprisoned for more than a decade.
The outcome of the trial could have much wider implications, too, with growing demands that al-Bashir is held responsible for a string of human rights abuses that took place under his regime.
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