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Sudan’s Bashir thrown into prison

Expelled Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir

By Mkarimu team

Ousted Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to Kobar prison in Khartoum following his toppling by the army last week, family sources said.

“Last night, Bashir was transferred to Kobar prison in Khartoum,” the source said without revealing his name for security reasons.

Bashir was ousted by the army last Thursday after four months of protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule.

The country’s new military rulers had said he was being held “in a secure place”.

Witnesses said there was a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Force outside the prison in north Khartoum.

“There are troops in vehicles mounted with machine-guns near the prison,” a witness was quoted as saying adding Bashir is being held under tight security in solitary confinement.

Since his removal by the military last Thursday, Bashir had been detained under heavy guard in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the Defence Ministry.

The military ousted Bashir after weeks of protests against him that culminated in a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry compound that began on April 6.

Protests are still going on despite his removal.

Awad Ibn Auf, who announced Bashir’s removal and said he was being detained in a “safe place”, stepped down as head of the ruling Transitional Military Council after only a day in the post.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan now heads the council, which has promised to hold elections within two years.

On Tuesday Uganda’s government said it was willing to consider giving asylum to Bashir.