Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who was arrested after a bloodless coup ousted him from office earlier this year, was sentenced Saturday to two years in detention after he was found guilty of corruption by a court in Khartoum.
However, the law in Sudan specifies that no one over 70 years of age can be imprisoned, so Bashir, 75, will serve his sentence in a reform facility.
Bashir was returned to the prison to await trial for the 1989 coup that brought him to power, and the killing of protesters before he was removed form office. Although he has long been under indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for crimes similar to those he will face in the upcoming trial, including crimes against humanity and war crimes, the Sudanese authorities have refused to release him.
Additionally, Bashir’s second wife, Widad Babikr, who was was placed under house arrest since the coup, was arrested after the verdict was handed down on. She was charged with illegal ownership of wealth and suspicious richness. Since the trial of her husband, her assets, including bank accounts and real estate holdings, have been frozen by the prosecution.