Omar al Bashir and Sudan

Exactly one year ago, in April 2019, Sudan’s long ruling dictator Omar al Bashir was ousted from power. For nearly thirty years, Bashir ruled Sudan with an iron fist, suppressing dissent and brutally putting down protests and rebellion. This includes orchestrating a coup in Darfur in the early 2000s for which he was indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court.

Through is decades in power, Bashir also oversaw systematic and institutionalized corruption, the scope of which is coming to light in the year since his overthrow.

On the line with me is Suliman Baldo,  a Senior Advisor at the corruption Watchdog group, The Sentry. His report, titled Loan Wolves, details one corrupt scheme orchestrated Bashir regime. Suliman Baldo kicks off this conversation by explaining how a scam involving Bashir’s adopted son and his company, the Badr Overseas Group, bankrupted the country.

Today, Sudan is being lead by a transitional council that is made up of both civilian leaders of the protest movement and military leaders from the former regime — many of whom benefited from institutionalized corruption. Suliman Baldo explains how deeply embedded corruption of the former regime is complicating Sudan’s transition to democracy.

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