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S’African govt loses appeal over failure to arrest Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir arrives to welcome his Chadian counterpart at Khartoum's airport on March 8, 2016 in Sudan. / AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir arrives to welcome his Chadian counterpart at Khartoum’s airport on March 8, 2016 in Sudan. / AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY

South Africa’s Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by the government against a ruling that the state had made an error in letting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir leave the country despite a court order barring him from doing so.

Bashir, who was in South Africa for an African Union summit last June, was allowed to go even though the court had issued an order banning him from leaving until the end of a hearing on whether he should be detained under a global arrest warrant.

The court said he should have been arrested to face genocide charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) because as an ICC signatory, Pretoria is obliged to implement arrest warrants, according to Reuters.



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