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WHERE'S OMAR?

A South African court is trying to keep Sudan’s president in the country to face war crimes charges

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Sudan president Omar al-Bashir
  • Yinka Adegoke
By Yinka Adegoke

Africa editor

This article is more than 2 years old.

A South African court has issued an interim order to prevent Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, from leaving the country in order to make him face longstanding war crime charges. Al-Bashir is in South Africa for the African Union summit.

After some initial confusion about whether al-Bashir had already left the country, it has since been confirmed by some reports that he is indeed still in South Africa.  But no one has been able to say where he is exactly.

The war crime charges are from The Hague-based International Criminal Court and relate to a 2009 warrant issued for alleged crimes committed during the Darfur crisis in western Sudan.

According to the BBC:

The Pretoria High Court says Mr Bashir must stay until it rules on Monday on whether he should be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

President Bashir is in Johannesburg for an African Union (AU) summit.

He is accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the Darfur conflict.

About 400,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes since rebels took up arms in 2003, the UN says.

Government forces and allied Arab militias are accused of targeting black African civilians in the fight against the rebels.

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