Omar al-Bashir

  1. Sudan's Bashir appears in court over 1989 coup

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

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    Image caption: Bashir, left, appeared in a defendant's cage during his trial along with 27 co-accused at a courthouse in Khartoum

    The former Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has appeared in court at the start of his trial over the military coup in which he took power in 1989.

    Alongside several co-accused he was in a metal cage wearing white prison-issue clothes.

    Mr Bashir was ousted in April last year by military officers following months of nationwide street protests.

    In December he was sentenced to two years in a detention facility for corruption.

    The former Sudanese president is also facing prosecution over the killing of protesters and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country's Darfur region.

  2. Sudan discovers soldiers' mass grave

    The Sudanese government has announced that it has discovered a mass grave dating to 1990.

    The attorney general on Thursday said the mass grave held the remains of 28 military officers believed to have been involved in a failed coup against former President Omar al-Bashir.

    The site is "now under the protection of the authorities until the investigations would finish," read a statement.

    Mr Bashir's regime foiled a military coup in 1990 and many reports said that the officers involved were killed.

    He is currently facing charges over the military coup that had brought him to power in 1989.

    If convicted, the former president who ruled Sudan for 30 years could face the death penalty.

    Mr Bashir has also been indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and genocide in the western Darfur region.

    He was overthrown last year after months of pro-democracy demonstrations.

  3. Bashir's trial over 1989 coup begins

    BBC World Service

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    Image caption: Omar al-Bashir was overthrown last year

    The trial of the former president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has started in the capital Khartoum.

    He is facing charges over the military coup that brought him to power in 1989.

    If convicted, the former president - who ruled Sudan for 30 years - could face the death penalty.

    Omar al-Bashir has also been indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and genocide in the western Darfur region.

    He was overthrown last year after months of pro-democracy demonstrations.

  4. Bashir war crimes trial 'could be held in Sudan'

    Sudan"s former president Omar Hassan al-Bashir
    Image caption: Former President Omar al-Bashir denis the allegations against him

    Sudan's former leader Omar al-Bashir could be tried locally on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, instead of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, according to a campaign group.

    On Wednesday, Sudan's leader Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan told Human Rights Watch (HRW) that he would "co-operate fully" with the ICC as it seeks to bring Mr Bashir and others to trial.

    But the country's leadership is also said to be open to the possibility of the trials being conducted by Sudan's judicial system, or by ICC judges moving to the country, HRW's Mausi Segun told BBC Newsday.

    He said:

    Quote Message: Indeed they were clear that that was an option, and we affirmed to them that that option was not wrong.
    Quote Message: The individuals indicted by the ICC could be tried in Sudan - whether by the [ICC] court moving its personnel including the judges to try them in Sudan - or whether the Sudanese judicial system could try them with the same crimes or similar crimes.
    Quote Message: It's more what the victims will be happy with - and they are divided on that. Some want them tried in Sudan, and some want the public humiliation of trial at The Hague."

    Mr Bashir, who was ousted from power in April 2019 following mass protests, has always denied the allegations against him.

    Ms Segun said Gen Burhan was committed to holding military officers accountable for the brutal crackdown last year on protesters who were pushing for Mr Bashir's removal:

    Quote Message: Buhran was very open in his commitment to human rights, but also open to these very specific questions we had about accountability and justice.
    Quote Message: Not just for past crimes under the previous administration, but for the recent crackdowns against protesters for which his administration has to be held accountable."
  5. Sudan leader to 'co-operate' over Bashir trial

    Omar al-Bashir at his corruption trial in Khartoum, in August 2019.
    Image caption: Omar al-Bashir was sentenced in December to two years in a social reform facility for corruption

    The top military general in Sudan, Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has told a rights group he will "co-operate fully" with the International Criminal Court (ICC) as it seeks to bring ousted President Omar al-Bashir to trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

    It's the first time the general has commented personally on the matter since his administration confirmed its intention to hand over Mr Bashir earlier this week.

    Bashir, who was overthrown in a coup in April 2019 following mass protests, has always denied the allegations against him.

    Following a meeting with Human Rights Watch (HRW), Gen Burhan is quoted by the campaign group as saying:

    Quote Message: We agreed that no-one is above the law, and that people will be brought to justice, be it in Sudan or outside Sudan with the help of the ICC."

    HRW head Kenneth Roth shared this photo from the meeting:

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  6. Reaction to news that former president al-Bashir will be handed over to the ICC

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    Video caption: Hajooj Kuka took part in protests last year and says he's happy about the decision.
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    Video caption: What is Darfur like today?

    The BBC's Mohanad Hashim gains rare access to a refugee camp in western Sudan.

  8. 'Bashir and three others to go to ICC' - al-Taishi

    BBC Focus on Africa radio

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    Image caption: Omar al-Bashir, who is 76, was ousted last April after nearly 30 years in power

    Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir and three others indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be handed over to the war crimes tribunal, a government spokesman has confirmed.

    "We agreed that we fully supported the ICC and … [that] the four criminals wanted to be handed to the ICC," Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi told journalist Nichola Mandil in South Sudan's capital, Juba, the venue for peace talks between Sudan's government and rebel groups from the Darfur region.

    “One of them is al-Bashir and three others,” Mr Taishi said, making clear this was the position of Sudan's government and not his personal view.

    Mr Bashir, who was toppled in a coup last April after months of street protests, has denied accusations of being behind war crimes and genocide in Darfur where conflict erupted in 2003.

    Mr Taishi said Sudan’s new transitional government had the political will to end the crisis in Darfur, but justice was the only way a comprehensive peace deal could be reached.

    Asked if supporters of the ousted president would accept this decision, Mr Taishi replied that no-one was above justice.

    “We are doing what the Sudanese people asked us to do,” he added.

    “We are working very hard to reach a comprehensive peace agreement that ends the causes that led to the war... and we’re trying to fix our country’s problems to prepare our country for the future.”

    Mr Taishi is a civilian member of Sudan's sovereign council, the body overseeing the country's transition to democracy.

  9. BreakingSudan agrees to hand Bashir to war crimes court

    Anne Soy

    BBC News

    Sudan's former leader Omar al-Bashir will be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, a spokesperson for the country's transitional council has said.

    Mr Bashir is wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity and has always denied the allegations.

    In December the former leader, who was ousted in a coup in April, was sentenced to two years in a social reform facility for corruption.