Sudan’s ex-president Bashir gets two years' detention for corruption
A Sudanese court has indicted the country’s former president Omar al-Bashir for corruption and illicit possession of sizeable amounts of foreign currency, sentencing him to two years in confinement.
The sentence was issued on Saturday against the 75-year-old, who was the country’s head of state for three decades before being toppled by mass protests in April.
The court ordered that Bashir be dispossessed of millions of euros and Sudanese pounds, which has been found in his residence.
He will be serving the sentence in a “reform facility” given his old age, the court ruled.
Bashir’s rule, which was enabled by a 1989 military coup, had been marred by multiple accusations of maladministration and abuse of the country’s resources.
He faces several other judicial cases and was charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.
Earlier in the week, he was summoned for questioning over his role in the coup that brought him to power.
His lawyer, Mohamed al-Hassan, however, dismissed the proceeding as a “political” rather than a legal trial, saying, “Thirty years have passed and many variables have occurred.”
If found guilty in that case, Bashir could face the death penalty or life imprisonment under Sudanese law.
Sudan is now ruled by a joint civilian and military sovereign council, which is tasked with overseeing a transition to civilian rule, as demanded by the protest movement.