Deposed Omar al-Bashir transferred to maximum security prison

Deposed Omar al-Bashir transferred to maximum security prison

- The former Sudanese president was moved from the presidential palace where he was under house arrest

- He was transfered to Kobar maximum security prison in Khartoum where he remains under heavy security

- Bashir was thrown out of power on April 11 following months of demonstrations that started in December 2018

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Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred from house arrest to maximum security prison days after his government was toppled by the military.

Report by BBC and other international news outlets on Wednesday, April 17, afternoon indicated Bashir who has been under house arrest since his ouster on April 11 was taken to Kobar maximum security prison in Khartoum, Sudan's capital city.

The embattled leader, BBC reported, was being held in solitary confinement under heavy security.

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Bashir was removed from power following months of street protests that started in December 2018 when the government decided to triple the price of bread, the country's staple food.

The country's Minister of Defence and vice president, Ahmed Awad Ibnouf, announced the army had seized power and a military transition council formed to take charge for a period of two years.

"The army will take power with a representation of the people to pave the way for the Sudanese people to live with dignity.
And here, I declare, being the minister of defence, the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a safe place," Ibnouf said.

The defence minister, once considered one of Bashir's most trusted allies, cited corruption, lies and false promises by Al-Bashir's regime as the reason why he the security forces ousted him.

Ibnouf also announced all political prisoners who were locked up by the NISS with directives from Bashir would be freed.

This came even as the protesting civilians continued to demand for a government led by a civilian leader and not another military man.

The 75-year-old Bashir whose term was expected to end in 2020 had ruled the country for close to three decades having come to power in 1993.

During his reign, Sudan has witnessed civil wars that have led to several hundreds of thousands of deaths and mass displacements.

He is still wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, charges he had denied.

However, the vice president ruled out handing over the former head of state to the ICC saying he would be tried in the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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