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Sudanese Anti-corruption Committee Confiscates Bashir Family Properties

Sudanese Anti-corruption Committee Confiscates Bashir Family Properties

Friday, 8 May, 2020 - 10:30
In this file photo taken on December 14, 2019, Sudan's deposed military president Omar al-Bashir sits in a defendant's cage during his corruption trial at a court in Khartoum. - AFP

A Sudanese anti-corruption committee announced on Thursday that it will confiscate a number of large plots of land and residential properties in the capital Khartoum that belong to relatives of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

This came after investigations found that the possessions were acquired largely due to family ties.

The committee, which oversees investigations into crimes involving public funds and corruption by the former president and members of his extended family and old regime, was charged by the attorney general with dismantling the system built by Bashir after his ouster in April last year.

The Empowerment Removal Committee said it confiscated property from Bashir’s brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, and even a former defense minister, who was a close ally of the former president.

It transferred the ownership of the several plots, which reached a value of around 92,000 square meters (990,000 square feet) in size, to the finance ministry.

Separately, it also dissolved the boards of the Khartoum International Airport Company and the Sudan Airports Holding Company over corruption accusations, Reuters reported.

Bashir, who has been jailed in Khartoum since he was toppled following mass protests against his 30-year rule, is also wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.

A Sudanese court handed Bashir a first, two-year sentence in December on corruption charges. He also faces trials and investigations over the killing of protesters and his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power.

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