Bashir moved to Khartoum's Kobar prison

17/04/2019 - 15:38 Published in News/General

Sudan's deposed president Omar al-Bashir was moved to Kobar prison in the capital Khartoum late on Tuesday, family sources told Reuters news agency, but officials disputed the account.

Citing a source at the prison on Wednesday, Reuters reported that al-Bashir was being held under tight security in solitary confinement.

The ruling Transitional Military Council has yet to confirm the report.

Al Jazeera'a Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said officials disputed the report that al-Bashir was being held in the prison.

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

"The protesters who are conducting a sit-in at the defence ministry in the capital say that they will not end their action until they see al-Bashir in court to be held to account for crimes committed when in power," she added.

"They're also saying they will not end their sit-in if the government does not hand over power to an independent civilian government."

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

"There are troops in vehicles mounted with machine-guns near the prison," a witness told AFP news agency.

Kober prison was built by the British during the colonial period and is located on the east bank of the Blue Nile in a northern district of the capital where al-Bashir grew up.

The area was previously known as Kober, taking its name from the prison, but al-Bashir later changed the name to Omar al-Mukhtar after a hero of Libya's struggle against Italian colonial rule.

The brick-built prison, which is surrounded by a high concrete wall, holds hundreds of inmates at any one time, many of them crammed in tiny cells.

It has a special wing for political prisoners where several opposition leaders and activists were held during the four months of protests which led to al-Bashir's overthrow.

The wing is run by the feared National Intelligence and Security Service rather than the police.

Since his removal by the military last Thursday, al-Bashir had been detained under heavy guard in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the defence ministry, the family sources said.

The military removed al-Bashir after months of protests against him that culminated in a sit-in outside the defence ministry compound that began on April 6. Protesters are still camping there demanding end of 'deep-state'.