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Sudan’s Bashir in Court for Second Week of Corruption Trial

Sudan’s Bashir in Court for Second Week of Corruption Trial

Saturday, 24 August, 2019 - 10:00
Sudan's former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir sits guarded inside a cage at the courthouse where he is facing corruption charges, in Khartoum, Sudan August 19, 2019. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat

The trial of Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir on corruption and money laundering charges was adjourned for one week following testimony from several witnesses Saturday, a judicial official told The Associated Press.

The judicial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, said at least three witnesses testified regarding the corruption-related charges against Bashir.

Those accusations focus on alleged money laundering and millions of US dollars, euros and Sudanese pounds that were seized in his home at the time of his arrest.

The ex-president appeared in court wearing a traditional white robe and turban, and arrived in a white Land Cruiser amid tight security.

Bashir was ousted by the military in April following months of mass protests against his three-decade rule.

In April, the military council said more than $113 million worth of cash in three currencies had been seized from his residence.

In May, the prosecutor general also said he had been charged over killings during the anti-regime protests which eventually led to his ouster.

Saturday’s trial did not address these charges.

Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s.

So far, Sudan's military says he will not be extradited to The Hague, and the new joint military-civilian council formed this week has given no indication it will change that decision.

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