Sudan: Omar al-Bashir charged with corruption

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Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir has been charged with corruption and the illicit possession of foreign funds by a court in Khartoum.

The former leader, who was ousted from power by Sudan’s military in April, was officially charged by a judge in the country’s capital before admitting that he had received $25 million from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. Al-Bashir could face more than a decade in prison if he is found guilty of the charges.

Al-Bashir charged with corruption, illicit possession of funds

Omar al-Bashir was ousted by Sudan’s military after months of anti-government protests threatened to topple his entire regime. After the 75-year-old stepped down, authorities found millions in foreign and domestic cash stockpiled at his residence in Khartoum, where he was placed under house arrest.

The end of Bashir’s 30-year rule has prompted calls for the controversial former leader to face charges related to a string of human rights violations under his regime. However, the only charges he is currently facing in Sudan are related to the hoards of cash found at his resident.

The outcome of the trial could have much wider implications, though. Analysts are closely watching how the trial proceeds with a keen eye on the transparency of the trial and any leniency shown towards the former leader. many of Bashir’s former allies remain in positions of power, despite efforts from opposition groups to create a civilian government and force out all of Bashir’s previous allies.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.