Bashir faces death sentence over 1989 coup

Deposed Sudan President Omar al Bashir, already on trial over financial crimes in the course of his 30-12 months reign, faces a likely death sentence over his role in the 1989 coup that removed the democratically elected government of Sadid al-Mahdi from power.

During a busy week in which he has tried to construct confidence within the judiciary following the ouster of Mr al-Bashir in April, Attorney General Taj AlSir AlHeabr stated he had formed a committee to analyze the June 30, 1989 army putsch which was led by Al-Bashir.

The committee’s findings will shape the basis of prosecution of the Islamic Movement’s leaders, along with civilians and army personnel, for undermining the constitutional system. The charges has no limit for time lapses and is punishable through death or life imprisonment.

“The committee has the talents of public prosecution of army coup perpetrators,” Mr AlHeabr said. It is empowered to call any man or woman to help with investigations and could document back in three months.

The attorney widespread said he hoped the findings could lay down a marker towards forceful take-over of presidency that has characterized Sudan’s politics. The first coup took place in 1958 just years after independence whilst Ibrahim Abboud usurped strength.

The attorney general said he hoped the findings would lay down a marker against forceful take-over of government that has characterised Sudan’s politics. The first coup happened in 1958 just two years after independence when Ibrahim Abboud usurped power.

He was dethroned by Jaafar Numeiri in 1969 who later suffered the same fate at the hands of Mr al-Bashir.

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