Sudan’s ousted president Omar al Bashir is being investigated for money laundering after large sums of foreign currency were found at his home.
Military intelligence found €6m (£5.2m) stuffed in suitcases, as well as $ 351,000 (£270,000). They also uncovered five million Sudanese pounds (£80,000).
A judicial source told the Reuters news agency: “The chief public prosecutor… ordered the [former] president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial.”
Bashir is being held inside the high-security Kobar prison in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. He was detained at a presidential residence prior to being put behind bars.
The army removed Bashir from office on 11 April following months of protests against his 30-year rule, which opponents say was riddled with mismanagement and brutality.
He is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity, murder, extermination, torture and rape – among other crimes – in the Darfur region in the 2000s.
An estimated 300,000 people died during a military campaign to end an insurgency there over a decade ago.
During his decades in power, Bashir often played up his humble beginnings as the child of a poor farming family in a remote village.