Sudan's Bashir Transferred to Prison

Erika Holt
April 17, 2019

On Wednesday, local Sudanese media wrote that Bashir had been moved to Khartoum's Kobar prison and was held in solitary confinement after being moved from his temporary detention in the presidential residence.

Military bulldozers and tractors moved to remove roadblocks erected by protesters near the headquarters but were forced back by protesters, according to eyewitnesses.

The appointment of defense minister and vice-president Awad Ibn Auf as head of the Transitional Military Council fueled widespread anger among protesters because of his close association with Bashir.

"They said al-Bashir was being held in a safe place under house arrest until he is taken to court", Morgan reported.

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"Kenya will continue to support Sudan as it manages its internal affairs, because the sovereignty of all IGAD member states is something of great importance to us".

The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, a rebel movement in the southern states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan, announced it was ceasing all hostilities until July 31 as a "goodwill gesture" following Bashir's overthrow.

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He said while the US-Sudanese relationship has largely been defined by counter-terrorism cooperation, there also "has to be something in it for the Sudanese people".

A military spokesman also told protest leaders that the transitional council was "ready to implement" a civilian government that the opposition parties agreed on.

On April 12, head of the political committee of the country's military council General Omar Zein Al-Abidin told a press conference in Khartoum that the military authorities were not going to extradite the former President for trial in The Hague.

Protesters piled on the pressure with a long list of demands after successfully blocking a fresh attempt to break up their mass sit-in outside the defence ministry in the capital, Khartoum, which began ten days ago and proved the tipping point that ended Bashir's 30 years of brutal rule. South Sudan gained its political independence from Sudan in 2011. Many Sudanese have embraced the protests as a democratic revolution to empower the country's citizens after decades of authoritarianism and gross human rights violations.

Bashir was ousted by the Sudanese military after five months of protests over his policies.

"Large numbers of Saudi citizens are expressing discontent against the government and seeking asylum in the West in unprecedented numbers", suggesting that discontent expressed in Sudan could lend inspiration to Saudi citizens in the Kingdom-a nightmare scenario for the Al Saud rulers. In his final years as president he defied the court, visiting friendly nations including several ICC member states. Bashir was indicted in Darfur by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and committing crimes against humanity.

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