Omar al-Bashir sentenced to two years for corruption

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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 nearly 30 years in power.

Al-Bashir, who was overthrown in April after months of nationwide demonstrations, appeared in court in the capital Khartoum on Saturday, facing charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency.

Saturday’s case against him centred around suitcases filled with multiple currencies worth more than $130m which were found in his home.

While the former president admitted he had received $25m from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said: “But these are not the only charges.”

“Just a few days ago he was investigated and interrogated for his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power and ousted a democratically elected government.”

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