Ex-president Bashir charged with corruption



A Sudanese judge formally indicted former president Omar Al-Bashir on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption on Saturday. A lawyer for Bashir said that his client denied the charges against him and that witnesses for the defense would be presented at the next hearing. Questioned in court, Bashir claimed he received millions of dollars from various sources, including Saudi Arabia, but that he never used it for his own benefit, reports Arab News. The judge denied a request for bail and said a decision on the duration of Bashir’s detention would be taken at a hearing on Sept. 7. Sudan’s military ousted and arrested Bashir in April after months of protests across the country.—Agencies

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