Sudanese authorities announced on Thursday the confiscation of property belonging to former President Omar al-Bashir, his relatives and some former officials.
The statement comes from the National Commission against Corruption. These are several large lots and residential properties located in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. According to the commission, investigations have revealed that these assets were acquired largely because of family ties, without other valid proof.
In addition to Mr. Béchir, the authorities will also seize the property of his brother-in-law, his nieces, his nephews and even a former defense minister, who was a close ally of the former president. All of these properties cover a total area of approximately 92,000 square meters. Everything will be returned to the Sudanese Ministry of Finance.
Mr. Béchir has been detained in a prison in Khartoum since he was overthrown after 30 years at the head of the country.
He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.
In December, a Sudanese court sentenced Bashir to a first two-year prison sentence for corruption. He also faces trials and investigations into the murder of protesters and his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power.