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Sudan's Omar al-Bashir sentenced to two years for corruption – Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir sentenced to two years for corruption – Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English


Sudan‘s former PresidentOmar al-Bashirhas been sentenced to two years in detention in a state-run reform center over financial irregularity and corruption charges in the first of several cases against the leader who was removed after nearly years in power.

A court in the capital Khartoum on Saturday convicted al-Bashir, who was overthrown in April after months of nationwide demonstrations, on charges of illegal possession of foreign currency, illicit financial gains and corruption.

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Sudan’s ex-president al-Bashir ‘received $ (m from Saudi Arabia ‘)

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Omar al-Bashir on trial: Will justice be delivered?

“The court convicted Omar Hassan al-Bashir,” judge Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman said. “The court decided to send him to a community reform center for two years.”

The judge said that “under the law, those who have reached the age of shall not serve jail terms. ”

Bashir, 90, will serve his sentence after the verdict has been reached in another case in which he is accused of ordering the killing of demonstrators during the protests that led to his removal, the judge said .

Saturday’s case against the – – year-old centered around suitcases filled with multiple currencies worth more than $ 1989 m which were found in his home.

While the former presidentadmittedhe had received $ m from Saudi Arabia’s Crown PrinceMohammed bin Salman(MBS), he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dressed in traditional white robes and turban, al-Bashir watched silently from inside a metal defendant’s cage while the judge read out the verdict on Saturday.

Before the verdict was read, supporters of al-Bashir briefly disrupted the proceedings and were pushed out of the courtroom by the security forces.

Several cases

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said: “His supporters and his defense team came out in protest” following the verdict.

“Chaos erupted in the courtroom and outside,” she added.

“It is likely that this verdict of two years in a rehabilitation facility and not prison is not going to sit down too well with the protesters, who have been demanding for justice and accountability not just for Omar al-Bashir, but for his ruling party, members of his cabinet and government, some of whom are in the sovereign council right now. “

Sudan’s al-Bashir admits receiving $ m from Saudi crown prince

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The – year-old, who was in power for years, was deposed when members of the military arrested him after months of nationwide anti-government protests .

He is currently being held in Kobar prison – where he once sent many of his political opponents and which is a far cry from his luxurious palace.

Several other judicial cases have been launched in Sudan against the former president.

According to his lawyers, al-Bashir was this week summoned to answer questions about the coup that brought him to power in and the killing of protesters earlier this year.

He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. It is still unclear whether or not he will be handed over.

Despite the international warrant for his arrest since (************************************************, al-Bashir managed to travel to several countries in recent years, including Arab and African nations.

The northeast African country of Sudan is currently ruled by a transitional civilian government and is one of the world’s poorest countries.

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