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Sudan: 'Huge secret safes' belonging to Al-Bashir discovered

April 24, 2019 at 4:10 am

Sudanese banknotes are displayed at a foreign currency brokerage office in Khartoum on 7 October, 2018 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty]

Sudanese press reports said on Tuesday that huge secret safes belonging to the ousted President Omar Al-Bashir and his brothers had been seized at one of his offices, days after copious amounts of money were found in his home.

Al-Tayyar newspaper said in its written issue on Tuesday that it had known from sources, whose identities were not clarified, that Al-Bashir and his brother Al-Abbas, who is accused of corruption are the only ones who know the secret codes of these hidden safes.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office opened two investigations against Al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of large sums of money without legal justification.

Last Saturday, the Public Prosecutor, assigned by the Military Council to fight corruption, ordered the arrest of the former president and his critical questioning in preparation for his trial.

Al-Bashir is currently in Cooper Prison where his physical and psychological conditions have reportedly deteriorated.

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The Head of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan stressed last Sunday that cash in three currencies, worth more than 113 million dollars was found in the former president’s home, according to AFP.

Al-Burhan pointed out that “a joint team of the armed forces, the police, and the security services, under the supervision of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, searched the home of the former President Omar Al-Bashir and found 7 million Euros, 350 thousand dollars and 5 billion Sudanese pounds (105 million dollars).

After discovering the money, the Public Prosecution in Sudan opened two investigations against Al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of vast amounts of money without legal justification, a judicial source told Reuters on Saturday.