Date
20 October 2017
Omar al-Bashir stands accused of war crimes over atrocities in the Darfur conflict. The International Court of Justice wants him to stand trial. Photo: Reuters
Omar al-Bashir stands accused of war crimes over atrocities in the Darfur conflict. The International Court of Justice wants him to stand trial. Photo: Reuters

Sudan leader barred from leaving South Africa over ICJ warrant

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir cannot leave South Africa, where he is attending a leaders summit, by order of a judge.

The judge is expected to hear a petition for al-Bashir’s arrest over atrocities in the Darfur conflict.

He was indicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2009 by the Netherlands-based International Court of Justice which wants him to stand trial.

The South African government quickly criticized the judge’s hold-departure order on al-Bashir whom it says is a victim of “selective western justice”, according to Reuters.

Al-Bashir is a guest of Pretoria, which is hosting an African Union summit, along with other regional leaders.

The government has given them legal immunity.

“The ANC holds the view that the International Criminal Court is no longer useful for the purposes for which it was intended,” Reuters reports, citing a statement from the ruling African National Congress.

Earlier, human rights group Southern African Litigation Center, asked the Pretoria High Court to force the government to issue an arrest warrant for al-Bashir.

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