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Omar al-Bashir: Sudan's ex-president on trial for 1989 coup

Sudan’s ousted long-serving leader Omar al-Bashir has gone on trial in the capital, Khartoum,  in connection with the military coup that brought him to power more than three decades ago. 

The 76-year-old, who has already been convicted for corruption, could face the death penalty if found guilty over his role in the 1989 coup.

More than 20 former officials are on trial alongside him. 

Bashir was forced from power in 2019 following popular protests.

The civilian uprising started in late 2018 as anti-austerity demonstrations but quickly morphed into a call to end President Bashir’s rule.

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