Sudan Says Ousted President al-Bashir to Stand Trial for Crackdown, Coup

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By Mohammed Alamin

Former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will stand trial charges related to the 1989 coup that brought him to power as well as a crackdown the protests that eventually led to his ouster, the General Attorney said.

Investigations into the 76-year-old former ruler’s actions have been completed and the case referred to court, it said Tuesday in a statement. Sudan, which has reported 14 cases of the coronavirus including two deaths, will wait until the outbreak is over before proceeding with the trial.

Bashir, who was sentenced to two years in a rehabilitation facility in December for illicit possession of foreign currencies, was overthrown by Sudan’s army in April 2019 after months of deadly protests. He’s also wanted by the International Criminal Court for his alleged role in war in the western region of Darfur.