The Supreme Court of Sudan on Tuesday started the trial of the country’s former president, Omar Hasan al Bashir, for the military coup that took him to power 31 years ago.
Al Bashir, dressed in white robes and with a mask, and the other 26 defendants made a brief opening statement at the beginning of the trial before the Supreme Court in Khartoum. A judge then rejected the defense motion to postpone the proceedings, which was filed because of the delicate political situation and the alleged lack of impartiality of the court.
After the first statement, the judge set the next session of the trial for September 15th. The process should have started in late July but has been postponed three times due to the coronavirus pandemic due to the health crisis.
Al Bashir is charged with undermining the Constitution, rebelled and violated the Armed Forces Act, attorney Al Moez Hadra, a member of the group of lawyers who filed the lawsuit, told the Data Protection Agency.