Immediate past president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has been convicted of money laundering and handed a two-year jail term, Aljazeera reported on Saturday, December 14.
He will serve this under house arrest. The 75-year-old was forced out of the seat after spending 30 years in power. He was, thereafter, tried for alleged financial impropriety and found guilty among the many charges against him. The report said the charges had to do with suitcases filled with multiple currencies worth more than $130 million and found in the former president’s house.
It was also reported that Al-Bashir earlier admitted that he actually received $25 million from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. He had, however, said he was not guilty of the charges. Al Jazeera quoted its correspondent, Hiba Morgan, as saying: “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.”
The former president was brought to court on Saturday, December 14, for illegal possession of foreign currency. His two-year jail term is different from the case he currently has with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for crimes against humanity.