Monday 5 December 2016

Sudanese dictator flees South Africa to dodge war arrest

Aislinn Laing in Johannesburg

Published 16/06/2015 | 02:30

Omar al-Bashir
Omar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese dictator, flew out of South Africa yesterday dodging a court order for him to stay as judges weighed up whether he should be arrested over alleged war crimes and genocide.

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Mr Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), who called on South Africa to arrest him when he arrived in the country for the African Union summit on Saturday night.

Human rights groups went to the Pretoria High Court after he arrived to ask for Mr Bashir to be arrested under South Africa's obligations as a signatory to the ICC.

An interim order was granted by a judge but Sudan's state minister Yasser Youssef revealed that Mr Bashir had left South Africa and arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum yesterday evening.

Irish Independent

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