Ex-Sudanese President to Be Interrogated in Money Laundering Case – Source

© REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahSudan's President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during his visit to the war-torn Darfur region, in Bilal, Darfur, Sudan September 22, 2017
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during his visit to the war-torn Darfur region, in Bilal, Darfur, Sudan September 22, 2017 - Sputnik International
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KHARTOUM (Sputnik) – The Sudanese acting prosecutor general ordered to interrogate the former President Omar Bashir over the investigation of cases of money laundering and foreign currency fraud, an informed source told Sputnik on Thursday.

"Acting prosecutor general Walid Sayed Ahmed ordered the interrogation of former President Omar Bashir in criminal proceedings… regarding the foreign exchange act … and the law on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism," the source said.

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The acting prosecutor general also intends to investigate the dossier on foreign loans of Sudan, where corruption may also be present, the source added.

Sudan has been engulfed in protests, which often turned violent and resulted in deaths and injuries, since December. The rallies were initially triggered by the rise in prices for bread and other consumer goods. They later took on a new turn as Sudanese citizens began calling for the resignation of the country's long-serving ruler, Omar Bashir.

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The situation escalated in early April when Bashir, who had been in power for nearly 30 years, was detained by the country's military. The transitional military council promised to hold a new election in two years’ time. However, the opposition did not approve this plan and called on the council to immediately hand over power to civilian structures.

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