SHAFAQNA- Sudan’s public prosecutor has begun investigating Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of ‘large sums of cash in US dollars, euros and Sudanese pounds.
The source said on Saturday that military intelligence had searched al-Bashir’s home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and six million euros ($6.75m), as well as five million Sudanese pounds ($104,837).
“The chief public prosecutor… ordered the [former] president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial,” the source said.
“The public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison,” the source added.
Relatives could not be reached on Saturday for comment about the investigation.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has spearheaded the protests, has called for holding al-Bashir and the members of his administration to account, a purge of corruption and cronyism and easing an economic crisis that worsened during al-Bashir’s last years in power.
Al-Bashir, who is also being sought by the International Criminal Court over allegations of genocide in the country’s western Darfur region, was removed on April 11 by the military following months of protests against his rule. The following day, the coup leader said al-Bashir was under house arrest in a “safe place”.
On April 17, sources said the former president has been moved to a maximum security prison, although the military leadership has made no comment on his whereabouts. On the same day, the military council said two of the former leader’s brothers had been arrested.
thousands of protesters at an ongoing sit-in at the army headquarters in Khartoum and other states want to see al-Bashir and his aides held to account for alleged crimes committed when in power.
A week ago , rakoba published a video that shows entrance of dozens of Protesters to al-Bashir’s home while chanting “It’s our right”.
Calls for justice grew louder during al-Bashir’s last weeks in power, as protesters chanted: “How much is a martyr’s blood worth?” and “Blood for blood, we won’t accept blood money.”
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the military leaders to uphold their commitments to human rights and justice.
“The dramatic developments in Sudan herald new openings to do right by victims of the violent crackdowns on protests and other crimes against civilians for the last three decades,” Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at HRW, said in a statement.
“The transitional military council should act on its promises by handing al-Bashir and the others facing ICC arrest warrants over to the court at once and by investigating and prosecuting other abuses”, Aljazeera reported.
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