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Al-Bashir arrives in court to battle corruption charges

Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

August 19th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir has arrived at a court house in the capital Khartoum for the first day of high-profile corruption trial, sources in Khartoum said.

Al-Bashir, the longest-serving Sudanese leader was ousted by the military in mid April following months of protests instigated by hike in price of basic services.

The man who is also wanted by the international criminal court on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide in the western region of Darfur is charged with possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally.

The trial comes as Sudan’s military rulers and protest leaders begin to implement a landmark deal reached earlier this month that is meant to pave the way for civilian rule.

The deal between the country’s military rulers and the opposition coalition of the Alliance for Freedom and Change (FFC) was welcomed with relief by both sides, with protesters celebrating what they saw as the victory of their “revolution” and generals taking credit for averting a bloody civil war.

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