August 19, 2019 / 11:02 AM / a month ago

Sudan's ousted Bashir told investigators he got millions from Saudi Arabia - court witness

Sudan's former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir listen during a press conference after the oath of the prime minister and first vice president Bakri Hassan Saleh at the palace in Khartoum, Sudan March 2,2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan’s deposed leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir told investigators he had received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a detective said in court on Monday.

Bashir, who was ousted and detained in April, is facing charges of illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner.

The detective told the court Bashir had made the statement about the money as he was questioned by investigators after his detention.

Bashir - who was in a cage in the courtroom, dressed in traditional white robes and a turban - listened to the testimony but did not comment.

The next session of the trial is scheduled for Saturday.

Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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