The ousted former Sudan autocrat president Omar al-Bashir has been detained for two years in a correctional centre for corruption, A court in Khartoum ruled.
The 75years old Bashir, who was toppled by the army in April after months of mass demonstrations, was convicted of graft and “possession of foreign currency”, judge Al Sadiq Abdelrahman said.
“Under the law, those who reached the age of 70 shall not serve jail terms,” the judge said. 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 ouster, the judge said.
The court also ordered the confiscation of 6.9 million euros, $351,770 and 5.7 million Sudanese pounds ($128,000) found at Bashir’s home. The ex-president will appeal the verdict, said one of his lawyers, Ahmed Ibrahim. Outside the court, several dozen Bashir supporters protested chanting: “There is no god but God.”
The deposed strongman appeared several times in a metal cage wearing the traditional Sudanese white jalabiya and turban. Bashir, who was toppled by the army in April after months of mass demonstrations, was convicted of graft and “possession of foreign currency”, judge Al Sadiq Abdelrahman said.
The much awaited verdict was one of several cases against the ousted autocrat, who ruled his country with iron hands.