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Sudan's ex-president Bashir charged with corruption

Omar al Bashir inside a cage

Omar al Bashir inside a cage

A Sudanese judge formally indicted former president Omar al-Bashir on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption on Saturday.

Questioned in court for the first time, Bashir said that he had received $25 million from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as funds from other sources, but that he had not received or used the money for his own benefit.

A lawyer for Bashir said that his client denied the charges against him and that witnesses for the defense would be presented at the next hearing.

The judge denied a request for bail and said a decision on the duration of Bashir's detention would be taken at a hearing on September 7.

Sudan's military ousted and arrested Bashir in April after months of protests across the country. His prosecution is seen as a test of how far military and civilian authorities now sharing power will go to counter the legacy of his 30-year rule.

Bashir was also charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters. He has been indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of masterminding genocide in Sudan's Darfur region.

A police detective told the court earlier this month that Bashir had acknowledged receiving millions from Saudi Arabia.

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+2 #1 Lakwena 2019-09-03 07:52
In other words, dictatorship is corruption itself.

It dehumanizes the dictator and therefore corrupts everything he does and dehumanizes everybody he relates with.
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+1 #2 WADADA rogers 2019-09-03 08:20
I cant wait for such moments in Uganda, we shall have the last laugh when the storm is over
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+3 #3 Kelly 2019-09-03 15:09
I think the head line should have been :"Omar El Bashir en-caged".

The picture speaks more than the texts. No wonder in adult literacy they use more of pictorials than texts.

That aside, down South, Jose Edwardo Dos Santos -yes, he of the Movimento Popular de Libertacao de Angola (MPLA) is holed up in Barcelona, with his family. He ruled Angola from 1979-2017!!!

North West in Gambia, Yahya Abdul-Aziz Awal Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen Babili Mansa is awaiting his days in the dock.

May be these signals will tip the dictators that the sooner they leave, the less the grinding and gnashing of teeth!!!
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0 #4 Akot 2019-09-03 19:34
Lakwena, agreed!

Yet when this picture is so so reassuring, the UNITED people of Sudan has no leadership to help them conclude to end to Al Bashir & all those who helped him enslave the people, pretending without them, Sudan will exist no more!

Ugandans have so much to learn & they should be the FIRST to UNITE to say NO to Museveni who has abused their kindness for too long!

Why are Ugandans afraid of themselves, yet are alright with being slaves of Museveni?

Even Acholi don't believe they will survive without Museveni!!!

Ugandans, British, do your lands belong to you or to Museveni/Brussels, the only ones you believe can manage your affaires, serve you?

Why behave as if without Museveni/Brussels in control, you will disappear from the surface of the earth?!
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0 #5 Akot 2019-09-03 19:59
Kelly, agreed, but,

Dictators, useless rulers are demons with no feelings even for their own children! See how Kadhafi left his kids in hell!

Museveni will leave Ugandans in hell without them knowing what to do, except harassing, arresting one another!

Even tribal/cultural leaders believe Museveni is eternal!

There is NO Uganda without Museveni, NO UK without Brussels managing affaires as Ugandans & British don't believe their own can manage affaires!

Why will British/Ugandans go for elections again when crowning Museveni/Brussels as only power, is all they need?

If British think going for yet another meaningless election of PM will solve their problems, then they are self destructive, as Ugandans!
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