A Sudanese court convicted deposed president Omar al-Bashir of graft on Saturday and sentenced him to two years’ house arrest in a social care facility.
The charges stemmed from millions of dollars received by the toppled strongman from Saudi Arabia.
Bashir, who was deposed by the army in April after months of mass protests against his three-decade rule, appeared in court in a metal cage wearing a traditional white jalabiya and turban for the verdict.
He was convicted of “corruption” and “possession of foreign currency”, judge Al Sadiq Abdelrahman said, charges which can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Instead the court, taking into account his age, ordered the 75-year-old to serve two years in a correctional centre for the elderly as the law permits.
Bashir will serve his sentence after the verdict has been reached in another case in which he is accused of ordering the killing of demonstrators during the protests that led to his ouster, the judge said.
The court also ordered the confiscation of 6.9 million euros, $351,770 and 5.7 million Sudanese pounds ($128,000) found at Bashir’s home.
The ex-president will appeal the verdict, said one of his lawyers, Ahmed Ibrahim.
However, outside the court, several dozen Bashir supporters gathered chanting: “There is no god but God” with hundreds more holding banners reading “Down, down the government” marched in central Khartoum where there was a heavy security presence.
Sudan is now ruled by a joint civilian and military sovereign council, which is tasked with overseeing a transition to civilian rule.
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