Omar al-Bashir, a former president of Sudan, has been sentenced to two years in prison for corrupt activities.
al-Bashir was sentenced by a court in the country on Saturday. However, the judge disclosed that persons older than 70 years cannot serve jail terms, under Sudanese law. The former leader is 75 years old.
He will instead serve the sentence in a social reform facility.
The corruption case was involved a $25 million cash payment al-Bashir received from Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
Bashir claimed the payments were made as part of Sudan’s strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia, and were “not used for private interests but as donations”
During the sentencing, his supporters started chanting that the trial was “political” and were ordered to leave.
They continued their protest outside the court, chanting: “There is no god but God.”
Speaking after the sentencing, Ahmed Ibrahim, one of the lawyers of the ousted Sudanese leader told AFP news agency that the defence legal team would appeal against the verdict.
It is unclear whether al-Bashir will be tried over widespread human rights abuses during his time in power, including allegations of war crimes in Darfur.
Prosecutors in Sudan have also charged the former leader with the killing of protesters during the demonstrations that led to him being ousted in April.
After al-Bashir was ousted, ICC prosecutors at The Hague requested that he stand trial over the Darfur killings.