Friday, October 23, 2020

Sudan: Former president Omar al-Bashir breaks down $25m received from Saudi Arabia

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Sudan’s former president, Omar al-Bashir is battling to prove that he did not swindle state resources, at a trial where he is charged with possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his ouster, Bashir said last week he had received $25 million from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as from other sources, but had not received or used money for his own benefit.

“I used the money for private donations to various parties,” including medical services, a university, an Islamic media channel, and urgent fuel provision, he said.

Testifying in court on Saturday, Bashir’s last office manager said the president was the only person with a key to a room at the presidential palace holding millions of euros.

Who received money from Bashir?

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Yasser Basheer said the former president gave him more than 10 million euros’ ($11 million) cash in his final months of rule for delivery to different parties.

The former manager, who worked for Bashir from September 2018 and was speaking as a defence witness, said the president once gave him 5 million euros for Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo, deputy head of the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Related: Sudan’s Bashir to Appear in Court On Corruption Charges 

The money, Basheer said, was delivered in the presence of Abdelrahim’s brother Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, head of the RSF and deputy head of the Transitional Military Council that ruled after Bashir’s ouster. He is now a member of the Sovereign Council formed in a military-civilian power-sharing deal.

Other recipients of cash included the Defence Ministry, plus military personnel and civilians for medical treatment, Basheer said, adding that he did not know the source of the cash and was only following orders.

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Abdelmoneim Mohamed, an accountant at the International University of Africa, a private institution with links to Islamists, also testified in Bashir’s defence. He said the university’s director and deputy director received 4 million euros in cash from Bashir.

Unprecedented trial

Sudan’s military ousted Bashir in April after months of protests. His prosecution is a test of how far power-sharing military and civilian authorities will tackle the legacy of his 30-year authoritarian rule.

Though he did not speak at Saturday’s hearing, Bashir who sat in a metal cage in the courtroom wearing traditional white robes and turban, denied the charges when formally indicted a week ago.

Millions of euros and Sudanese pounds were found at Bashir’s residence in April, a judicial source said.

The charges carry maximum prison sentences of around 10 years. The next hearing is set for Sept. 14.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued arrest warrants against him in 2009 and 2010 on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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