Sudan: Bashir to face probe in connection with terrorism funding, money laundering

Deposed Sudanese President Omar Bashir will be questioned by the country’s prosecution for alleged terrorism financing and money laundering.

Prosecutor General Al-Waleed Sayyed Ahmed ordered Bashir’s questioning in connection with terrorism financing and money laundering suspicions, state-run news agency SUNA reported on Thursday.

Bashir has been held in prison for one month since the army toppled him early last month, at the pressure of the street.

Sudan, under Bashir, hosted al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden between 1992 and 1996. Bin Laden reportedly financed terrorist training camps in the country where he stayed several years, the country having been under the influence of Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi.

In view of Bin Laden’s presence in the country and connections with extremist militants, the USA placed Sudan on the blacklist of countries sponsors for terrorism.

Last month, Sudanese authorities discovered a stash of over $100 million in several currencies in Bachir’s home.
The former leader who ruled Sudan for three decades is accused by protestors of corruption. His two brothers, Abdullah and Abbas, have been also detained as part of sweeping campaign against supporters and members of the former regime.

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