Sudanese Court acquits Bashir-era

A Sudanese court acquitted close allies of former leader Omar al-Bashir. The 13 former officials were accused of plotting against the democratic transition that begun after Bashir’s fall in 2019.

Thirteen officials, including former head of diplomacy Ibrahim Ghandour and former members of the deposed autocrat’s National Congress Party (NCP), were “acquitted and the court ordered their immediate release,” their lawyer, Abdallah Derf, said.

The prosecution can still appeal, but the court “has not found any evidence to convict them“, said Mr Abdallah Derf, while they were facing charges of “financing terrorism” and “disturbing the constitutional order“.

At the beginning of the year, Mr Ghandour and his co-accused went on hunger strike demanding to be judged as soon as possible.

Pro-democracy groups have repeatedly accused the new military government, led by General Burhane, a former commander of Bashir’s army, of seeking to reinstall the NCP and its networks within the state.

The party which is officially banned from all activity in Sudan welcomed verdict as “an opportunity for renewal for the country.”

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