Omar al-Bashir was formally charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and corruption [AP]
Omar al-Bashir , Sudan’s former president, has told a court that he received $25m from Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince.
The 75-year-old, who was toppled in April in the wake of mass protests against his three-decade rule, made the statement on Saturday after a judge formally charged him with illicit possession of foreign currency and corruption.
The offences could put al-Bashir behind bars for more than a decade.
Questioned in court for the first time, al-Bashir said he used the money for donations and not for his own benefit.
Sitting in a metal cage in the court in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, al-Bashir said: “My office manager … received a call from the office of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman saying he has a ‘message’ that will be sent on a private jet.
“We were told that the crown prince did not want his name to appear [linked to the transaction] … and if the funds were deposited with Sudan’s bank or the finance ministry, the source would have to be identified,” he said.
More to come…