Former President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir is Currently in Prison

The former head of state is reportedly being kept in solitary confinement and under heavy guard.

After several months of protests by the Sudanese people and a military coup put an end to President Omar al-Bashir's thirty-year rule, the former head of state was reportedly moved to Khartoum's Kobar prison on Tuesday where he is being kept in solitary confinement according to the Guardian.


In what many may rightfully refer to as karma, al-Bashir is currently being detained at the same prison housing hundreds of political prisoners who were arrested during his rule. This comes after Sudanese protesters and opposition groups knows as the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change demanded that the military relinquish power to civilians in a memo they handed over to ruling Transitional Military Council.

Yesterday, al-Bashir's brothers, Abdullah Hassan al-Bashir and Alabas Hassan al-Bashir, were also arrested as the military attempts to capture what they refer to as "symbols and leaders of the previous regime".

READ: Sudan Reacts to the Ousting of Omar al-Bashir and the Announcement of a Military Takeover

However, the military has announced that it will not allow al-Bashir to be extradited for his countless crimes and will instead conduct a trial in Sudan. The former dictator has been on the International Criminal Court's (ICC) wanted list for a decade now on charges of war crimes as well as the genocide that occurred in Darfur—often referred to as the first genocide of the 21st century.

In 2017, the ICC found that South Africa had failed to arrest al-Bashir when he visited the country in 2015 for the African Union Summit. The South African government deliberately ignored a court order that had been issued by the North Gauteng High Court that prevented al-Bashir from leaving the country.


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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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