31 August 2019
A Sudanese court on Saturday charged Omar Hassan al-Bashir (in witness cage in the picture)with illegal acquisition and use of foreign funds. Authorities had seized €6.9 million, $351,770 and 5.7 million Sudanese pounds at Bashir’s home, the judge said. An investigator had previously told the court that Bashir received $90 million in cash from Saudi royals.
Bashir was also charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters. He has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of masterminding genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.
In August, Sudan’s military and civilian leaders agreed to power-sharing deal to jointly run the country for three years until elections could be held. A transitional government run by civilians is set to assume power on Sunday.
Before becoming president, Omar al-Bashir was a commander in the army, leading operations in the south against the late rebel leader John Garang.  He seized power in a military coup on 30 June 1989, and stayed in office until April 11, 2019, when he was overthrown and arrested by the armed forces.
Many of the generals who led a brutal military campaign in the western region of Darfur in which up to 300,000 people were killed are holding senior positions in the new government.