Sudanese president leaves South Africa
Johannesburg: Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir left South Africa on Monday, hours before the High Court in Pretoria ruled that he be arrested for alleged crimes against humanity pending a formal request from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Al-Bashir left the country around noon on Monday despite an order from the high court, preventing him from doing so, Xinhua reported. Handing down a judgment on an urgent application filed by the Southern African Litigation Centre to have al-Bashir arrested, Judge President Dunstan Mlambo said the government’s failure to arrest Bashir “is inconsistent with the constitution”. The court decided that the South African government “must take steps to detain him (al-Bashir), pending a formal request from the ICC”, Mlambo said.