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Sudan: Omar al-Bashir Heads to Court Days After Signing of Transitional Deal

HeadlineAug 20, 2019

Deposed Sudanese President Omar-al Bashir’s corruption trial started Monday. An investigator told the court that al-Bashir received $90 million from Saudi Arabia, which included $25 million from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al-Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting unofficial gifts. According to the investigator, the disgraced president admitted to accepting the money from the Saudi royal family but could not remember details of how it was exchanged or spent. In addition to his corruption trial, al-Bashir is accused of other crimes including ordering the killing of protesters and possible war crimes in Darfur.

The trial started two days after the Transitional Military Council and leaders of the opposition signed a power-sharing deal, which paves the way for democratic elections and a transition to a civilian government. Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April by military forces after months of popular protest.

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