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Sudan ex-President, Omar al-Bashir, bags 2yrs imprisonment

 

By News Desk

Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been sentenced to two years in a correctional facility after being found guilty of corruption and illegitimate possession of foreign currency.

The 75-year-old dictator will be sent to a correctional facility, as anyone over the age of 70 cannot go to prison under Sudanese law.
Bashir was still held in the maximum-security Kobar Prison while he faced these charges — and will return there on Saturday as he faces another upcoming trial.

The former leader, who appeared in a metal cage inside a courtroom in the capital Khartoum, will next face a charge of plotting the 1989 coup that brought him to power.
Once this separate verdict is delivered, he will then serve the two-year correctional facility sentence handed down Saturday — along with any additional sentences.
An eyewitness disclosed that Bashir’s defense team was escorted out of the courtroom ahead of Saturday’s verdict, after it disrupted the judge, standing up and shouting “this is just politics”.
Beyond those two cases, Bashir has not yet been charged with the 2019 crackdown that left scores of protesters dead and toppled his regime. If he is charged with the killings in that crackdown, Bashir could face the death penalty.
While Sudanese law prohibits anyone over 70 facing the death penalty, it could still be invoked in some particularly serious crimes, regardless of age.

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