South Africa Court Bid to Arrest Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir

ICC Note: International pressure is mounting on South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and genocide related to the war he waged on Darfur. He is in currently in Johannesburg for an African Union Summit.

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Bashir has been outspoken about his desire to Islamize and Arabize Sudan. In Darfur, more than 300,000 were killed, including many Christians. Meanwhile, two South Sudanese pastors will stand trial tomorrow in Khartoum on trumped up charges of spying and various crimes against the state, which could carry the death penalty.

A South African court has issued an interim order preventing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from leaving the country.
It says Mr Bashir will have to stay until the court hears an application later on Sunday on whether he should be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Mr Bashir is in Johannesburg for an African Union (AU) summit. He faces ICC war crimes and genocide charges over the Darfur conflict. The ICC has called on South Africa to arrest him. However he was welcomed by South African officials when he arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday.

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