A special military court trying leaders of an abortive coup against Sudanese President Jaafar al-Nimeiri last month has completed its hearing and retired to consider judgement.
SV and CU: manacled accused taken under escort past crowds and into courthouse (3 shots)
CU: captured weapons on display (2 shots)
CU: leader of accused by-brigadier Mohammed Nour Saeed seated in court (2 shots)
LV and CU: accused seated in court (4 shots)
Brigadier Saeed is said to have admitted to interrogators he had discussed the date and plans for the abortive coup with leaders of an anti-Nimeiri front, under former Premier Sadiq al-Mahdi, in London last March. The first aim of the plotters was to assassinate President Nimeiri on his return from a trip to the United States and France on 2 July. They failed in this, but pressed on with their coup, attacking barracks and other key installations in Khartoum. Hundreds of people were killed in subsequent fighting before troops loyal to President Nimeiri subdued the attempt.
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Background: A special military court trying leaders of an abortive coup against Sudanese President Jaafar al-Nimeiri last month has completed its hearing and retired to consider judgement.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier, more than 50 accused appeared before a state security tribunal in Khartoum. Altogether, nearly three hundred people are being tried for their part in the attempted Coup. Some face the death sentence if found guilty, while others face life imprisonment. Some of the accused said they were trained in Ethiopia and Libya before staging the abortive coup against President Nimeiri early last month. Weapons captured in the fighting between the rebels and government troops were displayed in the courtroom. Damage estimated at 300 million US dollars was caused in the fighting.
Among those on trial in Khartoum was former Sudanese Army Brigadier Mohamed Nour Saeed, Military leader of the abortive coup. Brigadier Saeed pleaded not guilty to charges of waging war against Sudan and attempting to overthrow the Nimeiri regime. An investigating officer said Brigadier Saeed said in a confession that 1,000 of the insurgents had been trained in Libya and Ethiopia. Sudan broke off diplomatic relations with Libya and sealed its borders with the neighbouring state after government troops crushed the rebellion.