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Sudan court charges Bashir with illegal use of foreign funds


Sudan's ex-president Omar Al Bashir (centre) appears in court in the capital Khartoum on Saturday. Ebrahim Hamid/AFP

A Sudanese court on Saturday charged ousted president Omar Al Bashir, on trial for corruption, with illegal acquisition and use of foreign funds.

Judge Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman said at the third session of Bashir's trial that foreign funds of multiple currencies were found at his home.

Authorities had "seized 6.9 million euros, $351,770 and 5.7 million Sudanese pounds at (Bashir's) home which he acquired and used illegally," the judge said.

The judge said illegal acquisition of wealth was punishable by up to 10 years in jail, while illicit use of foreign funds carried up to three years.

An investigator had previously told the court that Bashir received $90 million in cash from Saudi royals.

The trial was adjourned until Sept.7, said a media correspondent who attended the session.

Bashir was ousted in April after mass protests against his three-decade rule rocked Sudan for months.

Sudan has embarked on a transition to civilian rule following a power-sharing deal signed on Aug.17 by protest leaders and the generals who ousted Bashir.

Agence France-Presse

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