In less than two weeks after being kicked out of office, Sudan’s former leader; Omar al-Bashir is in the news again for all the negative reasons. Recent reports indicate that he may have been involved in money laundering. Pictures carried by a Netherlands based media outlet Radio Dabanga shows men in military attire emptying what appears to be several sacks of money embezzled by the ousted president.
Sources say the military intelligence had searched Bashir’s home and found suitcases containing over thirty-five thousand, one hundred dollars, and six million euros, as well as five million Sudanese pounds.
Investigations have been opened by the Sudanese Public Prosecution. The Chief Prosecutor has ordered that the former leader be detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial.
Former Brigadier in the Sudanese army, Omar Al – Bashir came to power as the seventh president of Sudan in 1989 after leading a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.
Under Bashir’s leadership, Sudan lost a significant part of its territory in 2011; the present South Sudan. The International Criminal Court has on several occasions accused al-Bashir of committing crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in the Darfur region in 2015. Many Sudanese also got fed up with the 30years long rule of al-Bashir; they in fact considered him a dictator.
On April 11th, this year, Al Bashir was forced to step down by the military after months of street protest. Many in the continent have described al Bashir as a victim of the wind of change blowing across Africa sweeping off sit-tight leaders.
Remember, in 2017, Robert Gabriel Mugabe was forced by the military to resign as the president of Zimbabwe, after ruling the country since independence. Jacob Zuma also resigned in 2018 due to unending pressure from his party. Earlier this year, ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria was forced by pressure and several days of street protest to step down at 82 and now Al-Bahir. Many wonder who is going to be next.
Reports say Omar al-Bashir is presently being held at the Kobar high-security prison.