Sudan Coup 1989

Politics • African
Sudan: Former President Omar al-Bashir on trial for his involvement in 1989 military coup
Omar al-Bashir at the  20th session of The New Partnership for Africa's Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 31, 2009.
Omar al-Bashir at the 20th session of The New Partnership for Africa's Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 31, 2009. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/Released / Public domain

The trial of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for his involvement in the 1989 military takeover of the government started on Tuesday. Al-Bashir came to power after the takeover and was forced from power in 2019. He will be trialed alongside more than 20 of his former officials. If found guilty, he could possibly face the death penalty.