Sudan’s al-Bashir charged with corruption

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Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been charged with corruption-related offences, as he made his first public appearance since he was overthrown and detained in April.

Bashir has been under arrest in the capital, Khartoum, since he was ousted from office by the military following months of mass protests against his 30-year rule.

According to the country’s chief prosecutor Alaa al-Din Abdallah, the former president was charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner.

Abdallah however said Bashir would be given the chance to respond to the accusations, adding that 41 former officials from Bashir’s administration were being investigated for suspected graft.

Demonstrations began in December 2018 when the government introduced emergency austerity measures and a steep currency devaluation to stave off economic collapse.

While protests started in the east, sparked by cuts to bread and fuel subsidies, they soon spread to the capital, Khartoum.

They quickly snowballed and saw protesters demand the removaal of President Bashir.

The military overthrew and detained Bashir on April 11. Despite his ouster, Sudan remains paralysed by a political standoff between a transitional military council and a coalition of protesters and opposition parties demanding a civilian-led administration during a planned transition to democracy.

 




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