Sudan verdict in Bashir graft trial on December 14

KHARTOUM (AFP) – The verdict in the corruption trial of Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir is to be delivered on December 14, a judge announced last Saturday, as his supporters staged a protest outside the court.

Bashir, who was overthrown by the army in April, has been on trial in a Khartoum court since August on charges of illegally acquiring and using foreign funds – offences that could land him behind bars for more than a decade.

Several hearings have been held, including one last Saturday, in the presence of the deposed leader who followed the proceedings from inside a metal cage.

“It has been decided that on December 14 a session will be held to deliver the verdict,” judge Sadeq Abdelrahman said.

Authorities seized EUR6.9 million, USD351,770 and SDG5.7 million Sudanese pounds from Bashir’s home, Abdelrahman said at the start of the trial in August.

Bashir said at the time that the funds were the remainder of USD25 million received from Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.