A Sudan court has commenced the trial of ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir for leading a military coup that brought him to power 31 years ago.
News Agency of Nigeria reported that Al-Bashir and 26 other defendants gave brief introductory statements at the Supreme Court in the capital, Khartoum.
A judge then rejected the defence’s appeal for a postponement, filed on the basis of Sudan’s fragile political climate and questioning the impartiality of the court.
The judge scheduled the next session for Sept. 15.
The trial was initially set to start in late July but was postponed three times, including due to lack of coronavirus precautions.
Al-Bashir is facing charges of undermining the constitution, rebellion and violating the Armed Forces Act, Al-Moez Hadra, who belongs to the group of lawyers who filed the criminal lawsuit, said.
If convicted, al-Bashir, who is already imprisoned for corruption, could face a death sentence.
Al-Bashir came to power in 1989 after he led a military coup against democratically elected Prime Minister Sadek al-Mahdi.
He was ousted in April 2019 after months of pro-democracy protests and mass sit-ins.
Al-Bashir was convicted in late 2019 on corruption charges but was never tried for alleged crimes against humanity committed under his 30-year rule.