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Sudan’s Court of Appeal Refuses to Drop Case against Bashir

Sudan’s Court of Appeal Refuses to Drop Case against Bashir

Wednesday, 13 January, 2021 - 11:00
In this Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir sits at the defendant's cage during his trial a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP)

Sudan’s Court of Appeal rejected the appeal filed by the advocates of ousted President Omar al-Bashir and his partners over their involvement in the June 30, 1989 coup.


The court upheld the verdict against them, setting a new date to continue the trial, which was suspended on Jan. 4.


Bashir and 27 of his Islamist partners, who organized the 1989 military coup against the democratically elected government of prime minister Sadek al-Mahdi, could face the death penalty if convicted.


His partners include former vice presidents Ali Osman Taha and Bakri Hassan Saleh, as well as former ministers and governors.


In a press release obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, official spokesperson of the prosecution lawyer Moaz Hadra said the Khartoum Court of Appeal rejected the appeal submitted by the defense.


The defense had appealed the ruling citing the statute of limitations.


According to presiding Judge Essam al-Din Mohammad Ibrahim the act committed by Bashir and his partners is a continuous crime running from the 1989 coup until the overthrow of the regime on April 11, 2019.


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