EYEAFRICA TV: Khartoum, Sudan: Sundan’s former president Omar Al-Bashir have been convicted and sentenced to two years in detention in a state-run reform center after he was found guilty of charges of corruption and illicit financial gains.
This is the first of many cases against Mr. Al-Bashir who was removed in power this year after nearly 30 years rule of one of the biggest African nation.
A court in the capital Khartoum convicted al-Bashir on Saturday. He was overthrown in April following months of nationwide demonstrations, on allegations of illegal possession of foreign currency, illicit financial gains and corruption.
Handing down his sentence, Judge Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman said he court decided to refer Mr Al-Bashir to a community reform centre for two years. “Under the law, those who reached the age of 70 shall not serve jail terms,” he said.
The 75-year-old Al-Bashir 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 centred on suitcases filled with multiple currencies worth more than $130m which were found in his home. While he admitted he had received $25m from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed 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.
The former president who was in power for 30 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.