Former Sudanese president convicted of corruption

The corruption trial is separate from charges against al-Bashir regarding the killing of protesters during the uprising.
Saturday 14/12/2019
Former Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir smiles inside a cage as he faces corruption charges in a court in Khartoum, August 31. (Reuters)
Former Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir smiles inside a cage as he faces corruption charges in a court in Khartoum, August 31. (Reuters)

CAIRO - Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to two years detention.

The presiding judge, in handing down the sentence December 14, said al-Bashir, 75, who was deposed by the military in April following months of street protests against his three-decade rule, would be sent to a reform facility, rather than a prison, on account of his age.

The judge ordered confiscation of millions of euros and Sudanese pounds found in al-Bashir’s residence when he was overthrown.

Al-Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued arrest warrants against him in 2009 and 2010 on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s restive Darfur region.

Sudan’s military has said it would not extradite al-Bashir to the ICC. The country’s military-civilian transitional government has not indicated whether it would hand him over to the Hague.

Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir, al-Bashir’s lead defence lawyer, said he would appeal the sentence.

Several other judicial cases have been initiated in Sudan against al-Bashir. In May, he was charged with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters and he was recently questioned over his role in the 1989 military coup that placed him in power.

(With Reuters and the Associated Press.)

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