A Sudanese court sentenced 11 military officers to between two and five years in prison for their roles in an attempted coup against President Umar al- Bashir’s government, an army spokesman said.
They were found guilty yesterday of “attempting to undermine the constitutional and security system and threaten the country’s unity and harm the armed forces by the use of force,” spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled said in a statement reported by the state-run news agency, Suna. They were expelled from the army and have 15 days to appeal, he said.
Sudanese authorities in late November arrested the country’s former spy chief, Salah Gosh, and other senior security and military officials and said they had foiled a “subversive plot.”
As a civilian, Gosh wasn’t included in the military trial that began in mid-March and hasn’t been charged, his lawyer, Nabil Adib Abdalla, said by phone from Khartoum today.
Al-Bashir has ruled the country since coming to power in a military coup in 1989. He won an election in April 2010 in the country’s first multiparty vote in 24 years. Observers from the Atlanta-based Carter Center and the European Union said the vote failed to meet international standards.
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