Former Sudan President al-Bashir gets jailed 2years for corruption

Former Sudan president Bashir sentenced to two years in detention for corruption

Former Sudan President al-Bashir gets jailed 2years for corruption

A Sudanese court on Saturday ordered former president Omar al-Bashir to be detained for two years in a correctional centre for corruption in one of several cases against the ousted autocrat.

For nearly three decades, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ruled Sudan with a heavy fist, jailing opponents and former allies, overseeing the bloody suppression of the Darfur region and squashing protests that dared to challenge his regime.

Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir has been sentenced to two years in prison on financial irregularity charges in the first of several cases against the leader was removed after almost 30 years in power.

The 75-year-old dictator will be sent to a correctional facility, as anyone over the age of 70 can not go to prison under Sudanese law.

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

The corruption trial is separate from charges against al-Bashir regarding the killing of protesters during the uprising. The ex-president appeared in the defendant's cage wearing a traditional white robe and turban.

But Sudan's umbrella protest movement, which now has significant representation on a sovereign council that in August became the country's highest executive authority - recently said it has no objection to his extradition.

The northeast African country of Sudan is now ruled by a transitional civilian government and is one of the world's 25 poorest countries.

Anti-government demonstrations 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 in the months prior his ouster.

The 75-year-old, who was in power for 30 years, was deposed when members of the military arrested him after months of nationwide anti-government protests.

Al-Bashir said $5 million was given to the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary unit that grew out of the feared Janjaweed militias unleashed during the Darfur conflict.

The funds, he said, formed part of Sudan's strategic relations with Saudi Arabia and were "not used for private interests but as donations".

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