More than £100m in cash found at ousted Sudanese leader’s home

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Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. ( AFP/Getty Images )
Suitcases packed with more than £100m have been found by security services at the home of Sudan’s ousted president, it has been reported.

Omar al-Bashir is now being investigated over alleged money laundering after the hoard of cash – in US dollars, euros and Sundanese pounds – was discovered while he was under house arrest.

He has since been transferred to capital Khartoum’s notorious Kobar high-security prison, Reuters reports.

“The chief public prosecutor… ordered the [former] president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial,” a judicial source told the news agency on Saturday.

He added: “The public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar.”

It comes just nine days after the 75-year-old – who is wanted by the International Criminal Court over allegations of genocide – was thrown out of office by the army.

The coup followed months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.

But the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has led the street demonstrations, has now also called for the military to allow for a civilian government to take power.

The protesters say they will name members of a transitional authority on Sunday – although there is no sign the current junta, led by army lieutenant general Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, will stand down.

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Relatives of Mr al-Bashir, who have acted as his spokespeople since his disposition, had not responded to requests for comment about the £100m by Saturday evening.

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