Sudan probe 'finds 315 million Saudi riyals' in ousted dictator al-Bashir's bank account

Sudan probe 'finds 315 million Saudi riyals' in ousted dictator al-Bashir's bank account
Sudanese investigators probing ousted leader Omar al-Bashir for graft have discovered a bank account belonging to him that contains 315 million Saudi riyals ($84 million).
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24 April, 2019
Protesters have accused Bashir of mismanaging Sudan's economy and rampant corruption [Getty]

Sudanese investigators probing ousted leader Omar al-Bashir for graft have discovered a bank account belonging to him that contains 315 million Saudi riyals ($84 million), a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Citing a "trusted source", the Al-Sudani newspaper said that the local account also contained 14 million Sudanese pounds ($293,000).

"The last movement on the account was in March 2016. The funds had been transferred for the benefit of the Sudanese government," the source was quoted as saying.

The report comes after the country's new army rulers said that cash in three currencies worth more than $113 million had been seized from Bashir's home during a search.

Saudi Arabia has long backed the old Bashir regime with financial aid, while Sudanese troops have been taking part in the devastating Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia its close ally the United Arab Emirates offered $3 billion in financial aid to cash-starved Sudan.

Both of the oil-rich Gulf states have pledged to support Sudan's transitional military council, which has taken control of the country after long-time dictator Bashir was overthrown.

The northeast African nation is one of the world's most impoverished countries and faces an acute foreign currency shortage - a key factor which helped trigger nationwide protests against Bashir.

Protesters have accused Bashir of mismanaging Sudan's economy and rampant corruption.