Sudan’s Bashir jailed in notorious Kober prison

Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir has been taken from his residence to a prison in the capital Khartoum.

Sources from Bashir’s family said on Wednesday that the deposed president was transferred to Kober prison in north Khartoum late on Tuesday.

Bashir was ousted by the military on April 11 after four months of protests over his policies. Since then, he had been under house arrest in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the defense ministry.

A prison source said Bashir was being held under tight security in solitary confinement.

Witnesses reported a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Force outside the prison. “There are troops in vehicles mounted with machine-guns near the prison,” a witness told AFP.

Kober prison, located on the east bank of the Blue Nile in a northern district of the capital, held thousands of political detainees under Bashir’s 30-year rule and is Sudan’s most notorious jail.

Kober maximum security prison is where many dissidents were detained and executed by Bashir’s regime.

Despite the ouster of Bashir, protests have continued in Sudan with the leaders of demonstrations saying the unrest will not cease until the military council, which has overtaken power in Sudan since Bashir’s fall, hands power to a civilian-led authority ahead of elections.

On Monday, representatives of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA), which led the protests against Bashir, urged the dissolution of the military council and the formation of a new interim civilian council.

The SPA also issued a long list of demands for deeper and faster change to end repression and an economic crisis.

Doctors protest over lack of proper healthcare

Meanwhile, thousands of medical professionals took to the streets of Khartoum on Wednesday, calling for better healthcare services and basic human rights for the people.

They marched on the defense ministry, where protesters have been holding a sit-in since April 6.

“Now healthcare is for only some people because they have money,” Abdulaziz Ibrahim, a protester and medical professional, said.

Chanting, “Revolution, Freedom and Justice,” the protesters also slammed the increasing privatization of hospitals and medical care services.

“We see citizens suffering from lack of healthcare. The basic healthcare is not provided, and there is a lot of privatization,” Dr Kanali, another protester, said.