logo
POST TIME: 20 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Sudan's Bashir in court for graft trial
AFP, Khartoum

Sudan's Bashir in court for graft trial

Sudan's deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir stands in a defendant's cage during the opening of his corruption trial in Khartoum yesterday. AFP Photo

Sudan's deposed military leader Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country for 30 years, arrived in court yesterday in Khartoum for the start of his trial on corruption charges.

Bashir, 75, was forced from power on April 11, after months of protest against his regime and appeared before a prosecutor for the first time on June 16.

Now detained, the Islamist general was informed by the prosecutor's office that he faced charges of "possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally".

An AFP reporter outside the Judicial and Legal Science Institute where the trial is taking place said Bashir arrived in a huge military convoy.

In April, Sudan's army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said more than $113 million worth of cash in three currencies had been seized from Bashir's residence.

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

Protests against Bashir's rule erupted on December 19 after his government tripled the price of bread.