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Sudanese Prosecution Arrests Bashir’s Wife in Corruption Cases

Sudanese Prosecution Arrests Bashir’s Wife in Corruption Cases

Friday, 13 December, 2019 - 07:30
Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his wife Widad Babiker attend an official ceremony to welcome Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou in Khartoum. (AFP/File Photo)

The Sudanese Unlawful and Suspicious Enrichment prosecution ordered on Thursday that Widad Babiker, the second wife of ousted Sudanese president Omar Bashir, remains under arrest pending an investigation into corruption cases.


Several sources said that investigators raided on Thursday the house of Babiker in Khartoum’s Kfoury district and escorted her to the prosecution headquarters for questioning.


Babiker is accused of the acquisition of lands in the suburbs of Kfoury.


Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the prosecution would continue to question the suspect and then would decide if Babiker should remain under arrest for another few days.


The sources added that the Unlawful and Suspicious Enrichment prosecution established a committee tasked with examining cases related to the Sanad Charity Institution, chaired by Babiker.


Last April, reports said that the second wife of Bashir and his brother attempted to leave the country from Juba.


Babiker had been out of sight since her husband, who came to power as a result of a coup in 1989 and ruled the country for 30 years, was toppled by the military on April 11 amid anti-government protests.


Bashir is accused of money laundering following the seizure of millions of US dollars, euros and Sudanese pounds from his home.


A Sudanese court says it will deliver its verdict in his trial on corruption and money laundering charges this month.


The court says following testimonies from defense witnesses it will declare the verdict on Dec. 14.


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