Sudan’s ousted dictator, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir was sentenced Saturday by a Khartoum court to two years at a “reform” facility for crimes related to money laundering. The charges are in connection to suitcases of money found in his residence after he was deposed. The money amounts to some $130 million. Bashir said he had received $25million from Saudi Crown Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and pleaded not guilty.
Supporters said the process was unfair and that Bashir should be released. But victims of Bashir’s numerous crimes expressed their dismay at such a lenient sentence. The judge said the law does not allow for people above 70 to serve jail terms. Albeit, while he was being judged on the money laundering and corruption charges, other charges related to the killings of protesters in April 2019 were made.
Beyond those charges, Bashir is still at large for crimes against humanity, charges made by the International Criminal Court. He is also responsible for the deaths in Darfur where 300000 people died in atrocious conditions under his orders. He is still to answer for his role in the 1989 coup d’état and for years for killings of innocent civilians by means of State repression.