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Court of Omar al-Bashir suspended to October 6


The presiding judge reported that the trial of ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and others for a 1989 military coup suspended on Tuesday to October 6.

Indeed, proceedings have been regularly suspended, with the hearing fifth of Tuesday since the start of the court in July. The case includes a total of 28 accused who have been accused of planning the 1989 Islamist-backed military coup which led al-Bashir to power.

Judge Essam El-Din Mohamed informed the hearing, which was broadcast on Sudan TV: The next hearing will be held on October 6 to go through with the procedures. If he condemned, al-Bashir and other co-accused, including former top officials, could face the death punishment.

In fact, and in December, the former strongman was condemned of corruption and sentenced to two years in a correctional center. Al-Bashir had governed for 30 years until his overthrow on April 11, 2019, after unprecedented youth-led street protests. He is also required by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in the western region of Darfur.

Whereas, the United Nations estimates that 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million removed in the conflict since 2003. Sudan’s transitional government has accepted that al-Bashir would face the ICC. But, in a peace agreement with insurgents last month, the government accepted to form a special court for crimes in Darfur, and that al-Bashir should also stand trial before that.

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