Ex-Sudan president Bashir sentenced to two years in detention for corruption

Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir . photo/Reuters

Omar al-Bashir, the former Sudan President was on Saturday sentenced to two years in detention after being found guilty over corruption charges.

A Sudanese court sentenced the former leader to two years in a reform facility in what was seen as the first ruling against Bashir.

According to a Reuters report, the 75-year-old Bashir was sent to the reform facility rather than a prison due to his age.

The court also ordered for the confiscation of millions of Euros and Sudanese ponds in Bashir’s residence when he was toppled.

However, Sudan’s military has said it would not extradite him to the ICC. The country’s military-civilian transitional government has not indicated whether it will hand him over to The Hague.

Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court, which issued arrest warrants against him in 2009 and 2010 on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s restive Darfur region

The Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which was at the centre stage of the protest movement, welcomed Saturday’s verdict as a “moral and political conviction” against the former president and his regime.

Bashir was ousted from office in April by the military following a countrywide mass protest that lasted for months.

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