Sudan’s Bashir charged on corruption in first public appearance since removal

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Sudan's ex-president Omar al-Bashir leaves the office of the anti-corruption prosecutor in Khartoum, Sudan, June 16, 2019. (Reuters)
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Sudan's ex-president Omar al-Bashir leaves the office of the anti-corruption prosecutor in Khartoum, Sudan, June 16, 2019. (Reuters)
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Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. ( AFP)
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Sudan's ex-president Omar Al-Bashir leaves the office of the anti-corruption prosecutor in Khartoum, Sudan, June 16, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 17 June 2019
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Sudan’s Bashir charged on corruption in first public appearance since removal

  • Al-Bashir appeared in public on Sunday for the first time since his removal by the army on April 11
  • Dressed in a white traditional robe and turban, was transported in a heavily armed convoy from the capital's Kober prison

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s ousted leader Omar Al-Bashir was charged with corruption on Sunday, minutes after he appeared in public for the first time since he was removed from office.

The former president was driven to the prosecutor’s office in Khartoum then walked briskly into the building, smiling and speaking with the guards escorting him.

Later he walked out scowling after prosecutors read out the charges he faces — money laundering and the illegal possession of large amounts of foreign currency. Bashir is also accused of accepting unauthorized gifts.

 

The charges relate in part to several million dollars worth of cash in US dollars, euros and Sudanese pounds found in Bashir’s home a week after the military ousted him on April 11 following weeks of protests against his 30-year rule.

Meanwhile, the deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council said demands from protest leaders for immediate civilian government may not be acceptable.

Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, said a transitional administration with a majority of protest movement leaders would be a problem because it would not come as a result of elections.

“Our problem is a non-elected legislative body that would root out all of us,” he said.

 

 

 

 


Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

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Iraqi forces launch anti-Daesh operation north of Baghdad

  • The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh
  • This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory”

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s military said Saturday its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Daesh group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.
This is the second phase of the operation dubbed “Will to Victory,” which started two weeks earlier and targeted the area along the border with Syria. The military said the new target area is north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
Although Iraq declared victory against Daesh in July 2017, the extremists have turned into an insurgency and continue to carry out deadly attacks in the country.
The military said Iraqi troops, Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the federal police and others are taking part in the operation supported by the Iraqis and the U.S-led international coalition.
On Saturday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi visited the operation room alongside the deputy head of the PMF, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
Earlier this month, the Iraqi government moved to place the Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces. The move was believed to be an attempt to curb the powerful militias, particularly amid rising tension between Iran and the US, the power brokers in Iraq.
The mainly Shiite PMF have been an effective force against Daesh and are a significant political force, with government ministers and 48 seats in the 329-member parliament.