Sudan Court Indicts Al-Bashir on Corruption Charges

A judge in Sudan formally indicted former President Omar al-Bashir on Saturday on charges of possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption. The authorities found millions in foreign and domestic currency stockpiled at his home after he was arrested, The New York Times reports.

A lawyer for Al-Bashir said his client denied the charges of corruption and money-laundering, and that witnesses for the defense would be presented at the next hearing.

The deposed leader has yet to face charges in relating to the killing of protesters during the popular uprising that led to his military ouster after three decades in power.

Al-Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s.

Many Sudanese had hoped that Al-Bashir’s ouster would end any link to his administration, during which Sudan endured revolts and the United States imposed sanctions. In August, Sudan’s military and civilian leaders signed a power-sharing deal to jointly run the country for three years until elections could be held. A transitional government run by civilians is set to assume power on Sunday.

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