Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir’s career has been defined by war. He came to power in a military coup in 1989 and ruled what was until 2011 Africa’s largest country with an iron fist.

When he seized power, Sudan was in the midst of a 21-year civil war between north and south.

Although his government signed a deal to end that conflict in 2005, another one was breaking out at the same time – in the western region of Darfur, where Mr Bashir is accused of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

April 11, 2019 – After three decades of rule, al-Bashir is arrested and is forced from power in a military coup. Bashir’s government is dissolved, and a military council assumes control for two years to oversee a transition of power, according to a televised statement by Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf.

Sudanese celebrate the fall of President of 30 years Omar Bashir

Sudanese protesters for the removal of Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s public prosecutor has begun investigating deposed President Omar al-Bashir on charges of money laundering and possession of large sums of foreign currency without legal grounds, a judicial source told Reuters news agency on Saturday.

The source said that military intelligence had searched al-Bashir’s home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351 000 and 6 million, as well as five million Sudanese pounds.

Omar al-Bashir (left) was deposed by the military after months of protests. To the right security forces with the cash hoard found at the ex-president’s .

The Sudanese Intelligence Agency said it ordered the release of all political detainees, the official Sudan News Agency, or SUNA, reported Thursday. More than 3,000 people have been arrested since protests began in December.

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