Omar al-Bashir: 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, 76, who has already been convicted for corruption, could face the death penalty if found guilty over his role in the 1989 coup.

More than 20 former officials are on trial alongside al-Bashir.

He was forced from power in 2019 following popular protests. The civilian uprising started in late 2018 as anti-austerity demonstrations but it quickly turned into a call to end President Bashir’s rule.

The military announced on 11 April 2019 that he had been ousted and arrested.

In 1989, al-Bashir seized power in a military coup on 30 June against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadek al-Mahdi.

Al-Bashir is accused, along with other officials who served in his government, of having plotted the coup in which the army arrested Sudan’s political, suspended parliament, closed the airport and announced the overthrow on the radio.

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