A court in Khartoum sentenced Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir to two years’ imprisonment for money laundering and corruption charges on Saturday December 14th.
The verdict is the first in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who must also face trial by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and genocide committed during the Darfur conflict during the 2000s, according to AP.
The charges came a year after Sudanese protests erupted against al-Bashir’s 30-year authoritarian rule. During that period, Sudan was put on the United States’ list for sponsors of terrorism, and the economy suffered mismanagement and American sanctions.
Minutes before the verdict was read, supporters of al-Bashir disrupted the proceedings and were driven out of the courtroom by security forces, Bloomberg reported.
Held in custody since April, Al-Bashir, 75, was removed from power when Sudan’s military stepped in after months of nationwide protests, and the uprising eventually forced the military into power before it signed a power-sharing agreement with a civilian council.
Al-Bashir was charged earlier this year with money laundering, after millions of US dollars, euros and Sudanese pounds were seized in his home shortly after his removal.