Su­dan’s al-Bashir gets 2 years in cor­rup­tion case

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

KHARTOUM, Su­dan — A court in Su­dan con­victed former Pres­i­dent Omar alBashir of money laun­der­ing and cor­rup­tion Satur­day, sen­tenc­ing him to two years in a min­i­mum se­cu­rity lockup.

That’s the first ver­dict in a se­ries of le­gal pro­ceed­ings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court on charges of war crimes and geno­cide linked to the Dar­fur con­flict in the 2000s.

The ver­dict comes a year af­ter Su­danese pro­test­ers erupted in re­volt against al-Bashir’s au­thor­i­tar­ian rule.

Dur­ing his three decades in power, Su­dan landed on the U.S. list for spon­sor­ing ter­ror­ism.

Al-Bashir has been in cus­tody since April, when Su­dan’s mil­i­tary ousted him af­ter months of na­tion­wide protests. The up­ris­ing even­tu­ally forced the mil­i­tary into a power-shar­ing agree­ment with civil­ians.

In New Zealand: Spe­cial­ist teams were due to re­turn to New Zealand’s vol­canic White Is­land on Sun­day to re­sume a land search for the bod­ies of two vic­tims of an erup­tion that has now claimed 15 lives.

Two four-per­son teams wear­ing pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and us­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses were to land on the is­land by he­li­copter early morn­ing in the hope of find­ing the bod­ies which have not been lo­cated since the is­land erupted Dec. 9.

While sci­en­tists said the pos­si­bil­ity of a sec­ond erup­tion ap­peared to have re­ceded, White Is­land re­mains “highly volatile.”

Po­lice said the toll from the erup­tion has risen to 15 with the death in hospi­tal on Satur­day night of a se­verely burned vic­tim.

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