Sudan’s court finds Bashir guilty on corruption charges Dec 15, 2019 0 387 12345 DPAKhartoumSudan’s ousted president, Omar al-Bashir, was found guilty on charges of corruption by a court in Khartoum on Saturday - a verdict that has been hailed as a victory by those who deposed him.Judge Al Sadiq Abdul Rahman sentenced al-Bashir to two years in a secure rehabilitation centre after he was convicted on charges of corruption and possessing illicit foreign exchange. His assets, such as cars and cash, also have been confiscated.“This ruling represents a political and moral condemnation of the ousted and his regime,” the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), one of the groups that led the mass movement to topple him, said.This is “certainly not the end,” the group added in a statement. “Al-Bashir’s accusation sheets on his largest crimes are being worked on.” Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir, a member of al-Bashir’s defence team, told DPA at the court that they would consider appealing the verdict.“The president did not receive any money for his personal benefit, and the trial took place in complicated political circumstances,” al-Tahir said.In court, one of al-Bashir’s lawyers, Hashim Al Bukhari, stated: “He is an armed forces officer and commander-in-chief who will not fear any court ruling against him.” Al-Bashir, who was in power for 30 years, was deposed when members of the military arrested him after months of nationwide anti-government protests.He was found to be in possession of large sums of local and foreign currency, as well as other assets, without legal justification and was detained in Kobar prison - where he had previously sent many of his political opponents.While the former president admitted he had received 25 million dollars from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.Dressed in a flowing white gown and turban, the usually upbeat and confident al-Bashir arrived under high security and appeared nervous as he watched proceedings from behind a metal mesh cage.As the verdict was read, his lawyers and supporters erupted in chants of derision, saying the trial was “political” and the court “unjust.” They were promptly evicted.Such corruption crimes usually carry a minimum two to three-year prison sentence, but because al-Bashir is 75 years old, the judge gave him a more lenient term in the rehabilitation centre. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES 400 arrested in protests against Algerian election, rights group says Dec 15, 2019 0 481 Iraqi supporters of pro-Iran group protest US sanctions Dec 15, 2019 0 920 UN condemns execution of 4 aid workers in Nigeria Dec 15, 2019 0 993 Five teenagers arrested over man’s death in Hong Kong protests Hong KONG: Five Hong Kong teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of a man hit on the head by a brick during clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters last month, police said on Saturday. The .. North Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ at Sohae satellite launch site AFP Seoul North Korea has conducted another “crucial test” at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported on Saturday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline .. 7 killed, 32 injured in two major road accidents in S Korea Seoul: At least seven people have been killed and another 32 injured in two major traffic pile-ups in South Korea, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Saturday. The first crash occurred early Saturday when .. US sanctions Lebanese businessmen for alleged support of Hezbollah DPA Washington The United States on Friday sanctioned a prominent Lebanese art collector and an associate for allegedly funnelling tens of millions of dollars to the pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement through money .. 17 killed in eastern Congo attacks: Army Bunia: Seventeen people have died in three attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo hit by chronic unrest, the army and local observers said on Friday. Two of the attacks in Ituri province were attributed to the ..