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Sudan’s Al Bashir, aides charged with undermining constitutional order

April 2 - 2020 KHARTOUM
Omar Al Bashir faces a Khartoum court on charges of corruption, August 19, 2019 (Social media)
Omar Al Bashir faces a Khartoum court on charges of corruption, August 19, 2019 (Social media)

On Tuesday, the Sudanese public prosecutor formally charged ousted President Omar Al Bashir, several of his senior military aides, and a number of Islamist leaders of undermining the constitutional order.

In the last quarter of 2019, the Public Prosecution began investigating those involved in the military coup on June 30, 1989 against the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister El Sadig El Mahdi and President Ahmed El Mirghani. The coup was led by military officer Omar Al Bashir, who would rule the country for almost 30 years. He was deposed on April 11 last year.

In mid-December, the Attorney General issued a statement in which he affirmed that the Public Prosecution was investigating all those accused of using violence against innocent civilians in Sudan since 1989.

The charges against the military include Omar Al Bashir, Bakri Hasan Saleh, Feisal Madani, Osman Hasan, Suliman Mohamed Suliman, Feisal Abusaleh, Ahmed El Naw, Mohamed Jami, Yousef Abdelfattah, El Tijani El Tahir, Abdelrahim Hussein, Younes Mahmoud, Abdallah Abdelmutalab, and Ibrahim Nayil.

The head of the committee investigating the 1989 military coup, Seifelyazal Sirri, said that he had directed the same charges against top Islamic leaders Ibrahim El Sanousi, Ali Osman Taha, Nafi Ali Nafi, Zubeir, El Hasan, Ali El Haj and Awad El Jaz.

They have all been arrested since April 11.

Other charges

Mid-December last year, Al Bashir was convicted on charges of corruption and currency irregularities, and sentenced to two years in a ‘correctional facility’ designed for older prisoners.

At the same time, the Public Prosecution began preparing charges against Al Bashir and his aides for crimes against humanity committed between 1989 to 2019.

A week later, the Attorney General filed charges against Omar Al Bashir, Abdelrahim Hussein, Ahmed Haroun, and 52 others with crimes committed in Darfur since the war broke out in 2003.

On February 10, during peace talks in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the Sudanese government and the armed movements agreed to extradite Al Bashir and others indicted by the International Criminal Court concerning crimes in Darfur in the period 2003-2005 to The Hague.

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