Ahmad Al-Khair’s case drew widespread attention in the country, and his
killing fuelled the protests against the 75-year-old Omar al-Bashir. A huge
crowd rallied outside the court in Omdurman, the twin city of the capital,
Khartoum, to hear the verdict.
At least 170 people were killed during the months-long crackdown against the
protest movement. Omar al-Bashir was eventually overthrown by the military, 30
years after he took power in a coup.
Earlier this month, the former leader was sentenced to two years for corruption.
The court ruled that Omar al-Bashir should serve the sentence in a correctional
facility, as he was too old to be in prison.
The corruption case was linked to a $25 million cash payment he received
from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Omar al-Bashir also faces other
charges – including some related to the 1989 coup that brought him to power,
along with genocide and the killing of protesters.
Omar al-Bashir claimed the payments were made as part of Sudan’s strategic
relationship with Saudi Arabia, and were “not used for private interests
but as donations”.
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