Sudan’s ousted President, Omar al-Bashir faces death sentence over 1989 coup that brought him to power



Omar al-Bashir, the former Sudanese President Omar who was ousted last year following mass protests, has gone on trial in the capital over his role in the 1989 coup that brought him to power. 


The 76-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday, July 21, alongside more than 20 former officials who are also standing trial in connection with the military coup. 


The former officials include 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 all appeared in cages amid tight security conditions.




Al-Bashir, who has been jailed since his removal for corruption, faces 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.


After hearing an appeal from the defense team, the judge adjourned the trial to August 11.


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Source: Linda Ikeji