High Court to rule soon on al-Bashir

2015-06-15 15:07
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Pretoria - The High Court in Pretoria will "send word back shortly" on its decision whether Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir can be arrested while in South Africa, Judge President Dunstan Mlambo told a packed courtroom.

He said he and his colleagues, Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba and Judge Hans Fabricius, would confer for 15 minutes and let the court know their decision.

On Sunday, Judge Hans Fabricius ordered that the Department of Home Affairs ensure that all points of entry and exit be informed that al-Bashir is not allowed to leave until the SA Litigation Centre's (SALC) application that South Africa arrest him, is concluded.

Al-Bashir was in South Africa to attend the African Union summit.

The SALC had applied for South Africa to enforce two warrants for Al-Bashir's arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009 and 2010 relating to alleged war crimes and genocide.

It said that on Saturday the ICC ruled that diplomatic immunity did not apply to heads of state wanted for trial and issued a plea to South Africa to arrest him to stand trial.

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