Sudan’s ex-president Bashir charged with corruption, holding illicit foreign currency


FILE PHOTO: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses the National Dialogue Committee meeting at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – A Sudanese judge formally indicted former president Omar al-Bashir on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption on Saturday.

Questioned in court for the first time, Bashir said that he had received $25 million from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman but that he had not used the money for private purposes.

A lawyer for Bashir said that his client denied the charges against him and that witnesses for the defence would be presented at the next hearing.

Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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