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Sudan: Bashir charged with corruption during court hearing

Sudan’s ex-president, Omar al-Bashir was on Saturday charged with corruption by a Sudanese judge. Bashir was during the court proceedings formally indicted for possessing illicit foreign currency and corruption. The former leader has denied these charges and challenged them as well he was publicly questioned for the first time since his toppling. The source of Omar al-Bashir’s finances were revealed during the start of his trial last month. Prosecutors revealed that Mr. Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. He is now facing a corruption trial months after…

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Sudan in dire need of $10 billion to rebuild economy

Sudan’s new prime minister has said that the country needs up to $10 billion in foreign aid to rebuild it’s economy. Abdalla Hamdok says the money will be needed over the next two years to help fix an economy that is almost collapsing. Hamdok was sworn in as prime minister on Wednesday. He has vowed to tackle conflict and build a stronger economy. As leader of the transitional government he has the task of restoring peace as well and helping to return the country to civilian rule. The renowned economist…

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Sudanese general sworn in as head of sovereign council

The leader of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, has now been sworn in as leader of the newly established sovereign council. Other ten members of the council are also to be sworn in later on Wednesday. The council replaces the Transitional Military Council that Burhan headed earlier. It is now the highest authority in the country but largely delegates executive powers to the cabinet of ministers. Lt-Gen Burhan will be in charge of the Sovereign Council for the first 21 months. A civilian will then…

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Sudan’s Omar Bashir got millions from Saudi Arabia

The source of Sudan’s ousted president Omar al-Bashir finances have been revealed during the start of his trial. On Monday prosecutors revealed that Mr. Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia. He is facing a corruption trial months after he was toppled in a coup carried out by the military. In court Bashir dressed in white attire listened to proceedings without commenting. He was seen through a metal cage. That was his first appearance in a Khartoum courtroom for his trial. Bashir has been charged with illicit possession…

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Sudan crisis: Factions agree on new transitional government

Sudan’s military leaders have agreed on a deal with the main opposition coalition to make way for a new transitional government. The deal was struck on Saturday after lengthy negotiations, the African Union has said. Both factions have been negotiating for a new transitional government since April when longtime leader, Omar al-Bashir was toppled in a coup. The African Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt who made the announcement on Saturday did not give any details. “I am announcing to the Sudanese, African and international public opinion that the two delegations…

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Sudan: Unending crisis as soldiers kill students

All seems calming in Sudan but that was just not to happen after soldiers tried breaking up protesters on Monday resulting in deaths. There has been a huge outrage in the north African country with protesters demanding immediate transfer of power to a civilian regime. It follows the killing of five protesters in North Kordofan state.  At least four of those killed were secondary school students. The Sudan Professional’s Association has blamed the ruling military council for the deaths. There are indications there could be more protests in the coming…

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Rwanda and the Criminalisation of International Justice: Anatomy of War Crimes Trials

Juma and GaddaffiThe Nato ordered indictment of Muammar Gadaffi by the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the Nato attack on Libya in 2011 echoed the indictment of President Milosevic by International Criminal Tribunal For Yugoslavia, during the Nato attack on Yugoslavia in 1999. Both men ended up dead as a direct consequence. The indictments of these two men, had only one purpose, to serve as propaganda to justify Nato’s aggression and the elimination of governments that refused to bend the knee.

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