Al-Bashir returns to Sudan despite S.African troubles: Al-Arabiya

Ahram Online , Monday 15 Jun 2015

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir prepares for a group photograph ahead of the African Union summit in Johannesburg June 14, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir returned to his country from South African despite a temporary ban on leaving Johannesburg, the Saudi Al-Arabiya news website reported Monday.

The Pretoria High Court had issued the ban on Sunday after International Criminal Court (ICC) called for his arrest at the NEPAD African Union summit in Johannesburg. Al-Bashir has been wanted by the ICC as he faces accusations of committing war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity during the Darfur conflict.

On Sunday, Khartoum asserted that Al-Bashir will depart South Africa after the summit as scheduled.

"It is difficult to give details of President Bashir's timetable, but he will return when the main session is over. This could be today or tomorrow. I will not go into the details," AFP quoted Sudan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Ismail as saying at a press briefing.

"Until now, things are normal and there is no risk to his excellency the president," Ismail said.





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