Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir is facing corruption charges [File: Umit Bektas/Reuters]

The trial of toppled Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir on corruption charges will begin on August 17, his lawyer said, after the former president failed to appear in court on Wednesday for the first session.

“Today was the first session of his trial but the authorities were unable to bring him due to security reasons. So the judge informed us that the trial will now start on August 17,” Hisham al-Gaaly told AFP news agency.

The head of al-Bashir’s defence team, Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir, said the trial had no “political background”.

“It is an absolute criminal case with a baseless accusation,” he said.

On June 16, a prosecutor had read out charges

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