Essam El-Din Mohamed Ibrahim, the judge in the trial of ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the 1989 coup case, announced on Tuesday that he will step down from the case due to health conditions.
Ibrahim said at the ninth session of the trial, according to the official Sudanese television: “This is my last session in this case,” noting that his departure from it came because of “blood pressure, and other diseases that require non-emotion.”
He explained that “he had previously informed the chief justice of the request for his resignation, and that she had accepted under great urgency, and he entrusted the file to another judge,” without mentioning his name.
Ibrahim set a new session for the court next January to resume the sessions.
On July 21, the first session of Omar Hassan Al-Bashir’s trial began, along with 27 others, on charges they deny, including plotting a “coup” and “undermining the constitutional order.”
On June 30, 1989, Al-Bashir carried out a military coup against the government of the then Prime Minister, Sadiq Al-Mahdi, and assumed the position of Chairman of the Leadership Council of what was known as the “National Salvation Revolution”, and during the same year he became president of the country.
Al-Bashir was placed in the “Kober” central prison, after the army removed him from the presidency on April 11, 2019, after three decades in power, under the weight of popular protests condemning the deteriorating economic situation.