Deposed ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said on Wednesday, as military rulers announced steps to crack down on corruption. Bashir, 75, had been detained under heavy guard in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the defence ministry, before being transferred to Kobar prison late on Tuesday, the sources said. He was being held in solitary confinement at Kobar, a prison source said. Kobar, just north of central Khartoum adjacent to the Blue Nile river, housed thousands of political prisoners under Bashir’s nearly 30-year rule and is Sudan’s most notorious jail. Sudan’s military ousted Bashir after weeks of mass protests that climaxed in a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry compound. Protest leaders say demonstrations will not cease until the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) hands power to a civilian-led authority … [Read more...] about Sudan: former president Omar al-Bashir moved to prison
Goma, Congo (CNN)As many as 150 people are missing after a passenger boat sank on Lake Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Tshisekedi said. The disaster happened Monday evening, but details of the incident were only just emerging Wednesday. President Tshisekedi said he was "very saddened" by the news and extended his condolences to the families of the missing. "I am very saddened by the shipwreck of a pirogue on (Monday) April 15 on Lake Kivu. The provisional toll is 150 people missing," Tshisekedi said on his official Twitter account. Vital Muhini, national Deputy from South Kivu province told CNN on Wednesday that 37 people have been rescued so far and three bodies were recovered from the site of the sinking. Read More Muhini said the overloaded boat departed from the port of Kituku in Goma in eastern Congo when it capsized into the lake in South Kivu province. Early investigations into the disaster revealed that passengers were not wearing life … [Read more...] about 150 people feared missing after passenger boat sinks in Congo
Khartoum, Sudan (CNN)Sudan's ousted President Omar al-Bashir was transferred on Tuesday evening to Kober prison, a maximum-security prison notorious for holding political prisoners during his 30-year dictatorship, two prison officials who witnessed his arrival told CNN. Several other regime figures are being held at the jail and kept separately to Bashir, who is under intensified security measures, the officials said. The prison's main yard has been well-known as a site for executions. "He would've been led past the same hangman's noose where he sent people to meet their Lord," said one of the prison officials. As Bashir faces court, Sudan's protesters keep the music alive Bashir was ousted from power in a military coup last week and was arrested, alongside other top officials, in a sweep of regime figures. Sudan's military has previously said that it would prosecute Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), but would not extradite him. Read More … [Read more...] about Sudan’s Bashir transferred to jail notorious for holding political prisoners during his regime
Drum Staff/Baileys African History Archive/Africa Media Online/File South African journalist Juby Mayet, who died Saturday, was one of a very small number of black female journalists working in South Africa in the 1960s and '70s. Loading... April 17, 2019 Two ways to read the story Quick Read Deep Read ( 4 Min. ) By Ryan Lenora Brown Staff writer @ryanlenorabrown To Juby Mayet, a South African journalist, the news hardly needed sensationalizing. Apartheid was absurd enough, she reasoned. All you had to do was write it down.Ms. Mayet, who died Saturday, wrote for some of South Africa’s most influential publications in the 1960s and '70s, capturing black life under apartheid in bright color. It was a simple rebellion to the regime – giving texture, shape, and joy to the very worlds apartheid was trying to flatten. It was a flattening she knew too well.Her family was uprooted from their house in central Johannesburg and … [Read more...] about How to defy apartheid? For journalist Juby Mayet, with pen in hand.
A member of Sudan’s secret police has said he collaborated with the British National Crime Agency in order to facilitate the arrest of a suspected human trafficker who may be a victim of mistaken identity. As millions of Sudanese protesters forced the removal of Omar al-Bashir as president, Italian prosecutors controversially invited two of his officials to Palermo to testify in the case against the arrested man. Aid groups describe Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (Niss) as one of the most brutal forces in the world, accusing it of torturing, raping and killing thousands of people. The two officials were part of a joint operation between Bashir’s regime, the Italian police and the NCA responsible for the arrest in Khartoum in 2016 of a 35-year-old Eritrean man who they alleged was Medhanie Yehdego Mered. Mered, known as “the General”, was suspected of being one of the world’s most-wanted human traffickers. But since prosecutors in … [Read more...] about Sudan secret police ‘worked with UK’ to arrest suspected human trafficker