14:40 - December 14, 2019
News ID: 3470104
TEHRAN (IQNA) – A court in Sudan convicted former president Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption, sentencing him to two years in prison.

Former Sudan President Omar al-Bashir Jailed for Two Years


It is the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the international criminal court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s.

The verdict came a year after Sudanese protesters began their revolt against al-Bashir’s three-decade authoritarian rule and the economy has been battered by years of mismanagement and American sanctions.

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

Al-Bashir, 75, has been in custody since April, when Sudan’s military stepped in and removed him from power after months of nationwide protests. The uprising eventually forced the military into a power-sharing agreement with civilians.

The former strongman was charged earlier this year with money laundering, after millions of US dollars, euros and Sudanese pounds were seized in his home shortly after his ousting.

Nevertheless, the Sudanese military has said it would not extradite him to the ICC. The country’s military-civilian transitional government has not indicated whether they will hand him over to The Hague.

The corruption trial is separate from charges against al-Bashir regarding the killing of protesters during the uprising.

Anti-government demonstrations initially erupted last December over steep price rises and shortages, but soon shifted to calls for al-Bashir to step down. Security forces responded with a fierce crackdown that killed dozens of protesters.


Source: The Guardian


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