Sudanese President ousted Omar al-Bashir transferred to prison

The former Sudanese head of state, deposed by the army, was transferred overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday in a prison in the capital, Khartoum, told a local press a relative. Omar al-Bashir “was transferred last night to Kober prison in Khartoum,” a family member said on Wednesday (April 17th), speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

The regime of Omar al-Bashir, which lasted three decades, was overthrown Thursday, April 11 by the military hierarchy, after four months of protests at the national level. The demonstrators have not disarmed; the main organizers of the protest movement are now calling for the dissolution of the Transitional Military Council. On Tuesday evening, Uganda announced that the country could consider an application for asylum by the Sudanese president, sought by the International Criminal Court. The Hague-based court has issued arrest warrants for the 75-year-old former president for “war crimes”, “crimes against humanity” and genocide in Darfur.

Some human rights activists in the East and the Horn of Africa say that the fall of President Omar el Bashir should serve as a lesson to other dictators like Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi. This one lives an unprecedented diplomatic isolation. He should know that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow his downfall will take place. That day, he will imperatively respond to criminal acts of genocide and crimes against humanity under investigation by the International Criminal Court.

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