Court gives S. Africa week to ex­plain how Bashir left

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The South African gov­ern­ment has a week to ex­plain to judges why it de­fied a court or­der bar­ring the Su­danese Pres­i­dent Omar alBashir from leav­ing the coun­try.

Bashir flew out of South Africa on Mon­day, be­fore the end of the African Union lead­ers’ sum­mit, de­spite an ear­lier rul­ing block­ing him from leav­ing.

A court Mon­day or­dered the gov­ern­ment to dis­close why he was al­lowed to leave, in a rul­ing which crit­i­cized the author­i­ties’ ac­tion as in­con­sis­tent with the con­sti­tu­tion.

“We will also com­ply with the court or­der re­lat­ing to sub­mis­sion of an af­fi­davit out­lin­ing these cir­cum­stances,” the South African gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment.

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