Sudan’s ex-president Omar Al-Bashir appears in cage in court as corruption trial gets underway

Sudan's deposed military ruler Omar Al-Bashir stands in a defendant's cage during the opening of his corruption trial in Khartoum Monday. (AFP)
Updated 19 August 2019

Sudan’s ex-president Omar Al-Bashir appears in cage in court as corruption trial gets underway

  • Bashir was charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner
  • His trial will be a test of how serious the country's authorities are about trying to erase the legacy of his autocratic 30-year rule

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s ousted president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir on Monday arrived amid heavy security at the courthouse in the capital Khartoum where he is facing corruption charges, a Reuters witness said.
Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner, prosecutor Alaa Al-Din Abdallah said in June.
His trial will be a test of how serious authorities are about trying to erase the legacy of his autocratic 30-year rule, marked by widespread violence, economic collapse and the secession of South Sudan.
Bashir was also charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters, and prosecutors also want him questioned over suspected money laundering and terrorism financing.
On Saturday, Sudan’s ruling military council, which took over after Bashir was ousted in April, signed a power-sharing agreement with the main opposition coalition, paving the way for a transitional government and eventual elections. It sets up a sovereign council as the highest authority in the country, but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers.
The sovereign council was due to be sworn in on Monday. But the spokesman for the Transitional Military Council, Lt. Gen. Shams El Din Kabbashi, said the formation of the new ruling body would be delayed by 48 hours on the request of the opposition coalition.


Iran charges three detained Australians with spying: report

Updated 41 min 57 sec ago

Iran charges three detained Australians with spying: report

  • Two of the Australians were alleged to have used a drone to take pictures of military sites

TEHRAN: Iran has charged three detained Australians with spying, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on Tuesday, cited by Tasnim news agency.
Two of the Australians were alleged to have used a drone to take pictures of military sites, while a third was accused of spying for another country, Esmaili said, without naming them.