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Court slams Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir with 2-yr sentence for corruption

Al-Bashir goes on trial in Sudan, still wanted by ICC for crimes against humanity

A court in Sudan has sentenced disgraced former President Omar al-Bashir to a two year prison sentence on financial irregularity charges in the first of several cases against the former leader.

The sentence came after Omar al-Bashir who was removed after nearly 30 years in power appeared in court in the capital of Khartoum on Saturday, on charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency.

Saturday’s case against al-Bashir who was sentenced to two years in a rehabilitation facility, centered on suitcases filled with multiple currencies worth more than $130m which were found in his home.

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Recall that during the fourth court hearing in September, al-Bashir’s office manager Yasser Basheer said that the former Sudanese leader was the only person with a key to a room at the presidential palace holding millions of euros.

Basheer who was speaking as a defence witness, also said the former president gave him more than 10 million euros ($11m) cash in his final months of rule for delivery to different parties.

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