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  • on 15.06.2015
  • at 06:39 PM
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South Africa: Bashir Flees South Africa, Dodging Arrest 0

Cape Town — President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan flew out of South Africa on Monday, hours before a court ordered his arrest on the charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity he faces at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Bashir fled, with the apparent connivance of agencies of the South African government, in defiance of a court directive that he remain in the country pending the outcome of the court application. He was in South Africa for a summit of the African Union (AU).

His departure was reported by a journalist while the court was sitting on Monday morning, but a government lawyer told the judges that to the best of his knowledge, Bashir was still in the country. However, immediately after the court issued its order, the same lawyer rose to announce that he had been informed by the government that Bashir had left.

The top judge of the province where the hearing was held, Gauteng Judge President Duncan Mlambo, ordered the government to produce an affidavit disclosing when and where Bashir had left. The civil society legal team which brought the application for Bashir’s arrest also indicated that it wanted to know who had allowed him to leave.

On Sunday, one of the judges who heard the case ordered that an interim directive prohibiting Bashir’s departure should be served on all border posts. He did so despite government protestations that it might not be possible to serve the order on all the posts. On Monday, the government lawyer, William Mokhari SC, said he did not have proof of service on five border posts.

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by John Allen
Photo: UN Photo/Marco Castro

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