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Sudan: Former Pres. Omar al-Bashir sentenced to two years for corruption

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Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was sentenced to two years in a social reform centre over charges of corruption, possessing foreign currency and receiving illegal gifts in Khartoum on Saturday.

Footage shows al-Bashir supporters briefly disrupting proceedings inside the courtroom.

Saturday’s case against 75-year-old al-Bashir focused around suitcases packed with multiple currencies worth more than $130 million (€117 million) which were found in his residence after his ouster. Al-Bashir will serve his sentence in a community reform centre instead of prison on account of his age, the judge said.

While al-Bashir acknowledged he had accepted $25 million (€22.5 million) from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), he pleaded not guilty to charges.

The former Sudanese leader has been in prison in the Khartoum since being ousted in a coup on April 11, which followed months of protests. In May, al-Bashir was charged with instigation and involvement in the killing of protesters.

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