Sudan’s anti corruption body says that they recovered $4 billion (Dh14.6b) worth of assets from the country’s ex president Omar Al Bashir, his family members and associates.
Salah Manaa, who is a spokesperson for the Anti-Corruption and Regime Dismantling Committee said that the initial estimates of the value of the confiscated assets, shares in various companies and buildings is between $3.5 billion to $4 billion.
Omar al Bashir ruled Sudan for three decades before being overthrown by the military following weeks of nationwide protests against his rule.
The former leader was sentenced to two years in prison in December last year after he was found guilty of corruption, receiving illegal gifts and illegally possessing millions of dollars in foreign currencies. The judge ordered the confiscation of the millions of euros and Sudanese pounds found in Bashir’s residence
Mr Bashir has also been indicted by the International Criminal Court at the Hague for alleged crimes against humanity committed in the western region of Darfur.
After ex President Al Bashir’s ouster, the country formed a transitional government appointing Mr. Abdalla Hamdock as Prime Minister. Mr Hamdok has vowed to uproot any vestige of Al Bashir’s rule and recover plundered assets in preparation for the country’s democratic elections and as part of the transition process to democracy.
Sudan is in economic straits with supplies of basics including bread and fuel being scarce. The country cannot get help from the International community mainly because the US has designated the Country as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The new government plans salvage the economy by negotiating an end to numerous civil conflicts in the country that, if resolved, could significantly reduce the administration’s spending on defense and provide vital funds to other sectors of the economy.