Former Sudanese President Al-Bashir being tried for 1989 coup

Former President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir

The trial of the former President of the Sudan, Omar Al-Bashir for crimes related to his rise to power in 1989 has begun. A special court in Khartoum is trying him and other fifteen officers.

Al-bashir led a bloodless coup that brought him into power about 30 years ago. He was ousted in April 2019 amidst nation-wide protest. The 76-year-old man is already sentenced in jail for corruption among other offences.

The court could not proceed with the trial on Tuesday because some of the defendants of the 1989 coup were absent. Al-Bashir is also wanted by International Criminal Court, ICC for crimes committed during war in Darfur region of the Sudan.