Sudan’s ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir says he received millions of dollars coming from Saudi Arabia, a police detective told a Khartoum court on Monday, Reuters reports.
AFP reports in which the former president, who was forced coming from power by months of protests in April, sat in a metal cage wearing a traditional white gown at the opening of his corruption trial.
His relatives chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is usually greatest) as proceedings got under way. Bashir arrived in a huge military convoy.
Bashir is usually charged with illicit possession of foreign currency along with accepting gifts in an unofficial manner, Reuters says.
Local news website Radio Dabanga says Bashir himself has not commented on the charges – yet his team of defence lawyers has dismissed them as ‘baseless’.
Police Brigadier General Ahmed Ali Mohamed, a detective within the team investigating Bashir, testified in which Bashir told them he had received $25 million coming from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, known as MbS.
Reuters quotes the detective as saying in which Bashir said MbS gave him the money for spending outside the Sudanese state budget along with in which the idea was spent on donations, without going into further details on who received the idea.
AFP reports in which Bashir said he also received two previous payments of $35 million along with $30 million coming from Saudi King Abdullah, who died in 2015.
Radio Dabanga reported in April in which a substantial amount of cash was seized during a search of Bashir’s residence in Khartoum.
Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court within the Hague on charges of masterminding genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.
The Saudi government communications office did not immediately respond to a request coming from Reuters for comment on the testimony.
The next hearing is usually scheduled for Saturday.