Sudan’s Bashir on trial over 1989 coup that brought him to power

Sudan’s ex President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown last year by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule, is about to undergo trial over his role in a coup that brought him to power more than 30 years ago.

If convicted, the 76-year-old, who is already in prison for corruption, could face the death penalty.

Al-Bashir came to power in 1989 after he led a military coup against democratically elected Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi

Al-Bashir, 76, is scheduled to appear in court in the capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday to face 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, 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.


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