Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir convicted of money laundering and corruption

The former President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, who ruled over the northern African country with an iron fist for at least three decades, only to be ousted following months of street protests last year, was, on Saturday, convicted of money laundering and corruption.

A judge sentenced him to two years in a rehabilitation facility.

Al-Bashir was arrested in April when Sudan’s military ousted him after months of nationwide protests which began in 2018. The uprising forced the military into a shaky power-sharing agreement with civilians.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s, was arrested and tried after millions of dollars and euros were found in his home.

The sentence on Saturday might just be the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir.

The United States had designated Sudan as one of the sponsors of terrorism while Bashir was in power, and enforced many economic sanctions against Sudan.

With corruption, mismanagement and American sanctions, the Sudanese economy tumbled.

Reports said under Sudanese law, al-Bashir, 75, will be sent to a state-run rehabilitation facility for elderly people who are convicted of crimes not punishable with death.

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