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Sudan: al-Bashir charged over 1989 coup

Photo: Former Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir

November 15th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Sudanese former President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir has been handed a new charge over the June 1989 military coup which brought and kept him to power for three decades, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) said.

Field Marshal Omar al-Bashir, who was a brigadier at the time, seized power in an Islamist-backed coup that toppled the then-elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. He was himself ousted and arrested by the army, in April, after months of nationwide protests against his iron-fisted rule of three decades.

“Arrest warrants have been issued against all military and civilian members who plotted and carried out the 1989 coup,” the legal committee of the protest movement FFC said in a statement.

The statement further said arrest warrants and travel bans were also issued against top figures of the National Congress Party (NCP) such as Nafa Ali Nafa, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and Ibrahim al-Sanousi beside al-Bashir himself.

The authorities have also issued an arrest warrant against Ali al-Haj, a senior leader from the Islamist Popular Congress Party, which was an ally of Bashir’s government.

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