Sudan’s ex-president on trial for 1989 coup

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Sudan’s ousted long-serving leader Omar al-Bashir has gone on trial in the capital, Khartoum, in connection with the military coup that brought him to power more than three decades ago.

Al-Bashir is facing charges of undermining the constitution, violating the Armed Forces Act and fomenting a coup in 1989 against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.

Al-Bashir, who has been jailed in Khartoum since his overthrow in 2019, will be in the dock with 10 military personnel and six civilians, including his former vice presidents, Ali Osman Taha and Bakri Hassan Saleh, as well as former ministers and governors.

They are all accused of having plotted the June 30, 1989, coup during which the army arrested Sudan’s political leaders, suspended Parliament and other state bodies, closed the airport and announced the putsch on the radio.

Al-Bashir could face the death penalty if found guilty over his role in the coup.

The former head of state, who was ousted from power last year following nationwide anti-government protests, is already serving a two-year prison term for corruption.

He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide in the western Darfur region.




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