TEHRAN, Dec 10_Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir has been summoned for questioning by a prosecutors’ committee over the 1989 coup that brought him to power, his lawyer says.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_On Tuesday, Bashir was “brought to be investigated in the case of the alleged 1989 coup,” said his lawyer, Mohamed al-Hassan, who did not attend the hearing.
The lawyer also told reporters that in his view, the hearing was “not a judicial matter, it's a political matter.”
“We believe that this is a political trial par excellence because 30 years have passed and many variables have occurred,” al-Hassan told reporters of his summons on Tuesday.
“We do not know what happened in the investigation room. We have an agreement with President al-Bashir not to speak with this committee and to boycott it,” Amin added, referring to the investigative committee.
Bashir is being held in Kober prison in a separate case, for which he has been on trial since August, on charges of illegally acquiring and using foreign funds. A verdict is expected on Saturday in that trial.
In 1989, Bashir, a brigadier at the time, seized power in a coup that toppled the elected government of prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.
Bashir, who ruled Sudan until the military removed him in April following months of nationwide protests against his iron-fisted rule of three decades, was charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.