Bashir defies court order, flies out of S.A

Sudan's Omar Al-Bashir posing in a group photo at the AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir (C) posing in a group photo at the AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Over the weekend a Court in South Africa blocked Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan from leaving the country where he was attending the African Union Summit, but the Sudanese leader just flew out as Pretoria Court deliberating on whether to arrest him was in adjournment for an hour.

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

The ICC had beseeched South African authorities to “spare no effort” and arrest Bashir who has dodged 2 ICC-issued arrest warrants since 2009.

The-Hague based will likely have some harsh words for South Africa for failing to act on the arrest warrants. Two years ago Nigeria faced the same reaction from the Court and other ICC members for not arresting the Sudanese dictator when he visited the country.

Bashir, is the only sitting head of state to be accused of Genocide by the court. African leaders have in the past threatened to quit ICC en mass, accusing it of targeting Africans.

Earlier today, Sudan State Minister for Information Yasser Youssef told Reuters Bashir would be flying home to Khartoum regardless of the court order.

Bashir arrives in Khartoum

Bashir arrives in Khartoum

And, South Africa’s ruling party African National Congress had called upon the government to challenge the court order on Bashir saying the ICC is “no longer useful”

 

 

  • dsyliver

    Common sense in always not COMMON! i was expecting the same decision, i cannot imagine the face of Zuma if he could have dared directing the execution of the court order. however am fully concerned why has the ICC been so unfriendly with AU head of states (leaders) considering that we have the African Court of Human and People’s Rights in Arusha?????????????