Sudan Tribune: Private
On Monday, the mineral prosecution in the Sudanese capital began investigating a Russian suspect in the smuggling of about 7 kilograms of gold.
The authorities arrested the Russian suspect in the northern Nile River state, while he was trying to smuggle an amount of gold, last week, and criminal reports were written against him, and they transferred him to the capital, Khartoum, to complete the procedures based on the decisions of the Public Prosecutor.
The Russian consul in Sudan met the arrested suspect outside the official framework, after he submitted a request for an interview with his compatriot in a “friendly manner,” which the authorities allowed, according to confirmed testimonies from several sources that spoke to (Sudan Tribune) from the capital of the Nile River state, the city of Atbara.
Sources in the Public Prosecution confirmed to (Sudan Tribune) that the investigation had officially begun with the arrested Russian suspect, who claims (Sergio) under Article 57a (sabotaging the national economy) of the Sudanese Criminal Code and Article 32 of the Mineral Resources Development Law of 2015.
The amended Anti-Smuggling Law of 2018 specified a number of strategic and subsidized commodities and goods, criminalizing their smuggling and increasing the penalty for the smuggler of these commodities with death or imprisonment for a period of no less than 15 years, namely (sugar, flour, petroleum products, gum arabic, unworked gold, medicines, cattle and leather).
Article 32 of the Mineral Resources Development Law for the year 2015 AD specified penalties for acts that violate the law regarding the export, transportation, storage and possession of dealing in minerals without obtaining a license or permission from the Ministry of Minerals, and the law specified the penalty for that with imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years, a fine, or both.
According to press reports, the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company included additional legal procedures against the Russian, who was arrested in an attempt to smuggle gold, to prevent attempts to release him.
The accused was transferred from the railway guards in Atbara to Khartoum at the end of last week.
And the American network (CNN) recently published an investigative report on Russia’s looting of Sudan’s gold to finance its invasion of Ukraine.
The report, published in July 2022, stated that the Russian regime provides political and military support to the Sovereignty Council, led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, which faces great popular opposition.
It was also reported in the British newspaper “Daily Telegraph” in 2022, in a report that the Russian regime smuggled hundreds of tons of gold to build a fortress to ward off an increase in penalties against it for waging war on Ukraine.