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Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir in key dates


Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, who on Saturday was ordered detained in a correctional centre for two years for corruption, ruled his country with an iron fist for 30 years before his ouster in April.

Here are some of his key dates.

– January 1, 1944: Born to a farming family in the village of Hosh Bannaga, north of Khartoum.

– 1973: A soldier from a young age, fights alongside the Egyptian army in the Arab-Israeli war.

– June 30, 1989: As brigade commander, seizes power in an Islamist-backed coup against the democratically elected government.


– 2003: Sends troops and militia to crush a rebellion in Darfur. The conflict claims more than 300,000 lives, according to the UN.

– 2009: The International Criminal Court issues a warrant for his arrest for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The following year it issues a warrant for genocide. He denies the charges.

– 2010: Elected president in the first multiparty vote since he took power, boycotted by the opposition. Re-elected in 2015.

– 2013: Deadly demonstrations against his government erupt after a petrol price hike.

– April 11, 2019: After four months of protests demanding he quit, Bashir is ousted by the military and detained.

– May 13, 2019: Charged over killings of protesters.

– August 19, 2019: Goes on trial for corruption.

– November 12, 2019: Charged with “plotting” the 1989 coup that brought him to power.

– December 14, 2019: Convicted of graft and “possession of foreign currency”, and ordered to serve two years in a correctional centre for the elderly.

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