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South African court orders indicted Sudanese leader not to leave

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 00:51

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, in South Africa for a summit meeting, has been ordered not to leave the country, until a court decides whether to arrest him on war crimes charges. Diane Hodges reports.

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir came to South Africa for the 25th African Summit. Now, he's been ordered him to stay, until a South African court can decide whether to arrest him for war crimes. Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court back in 2009, but has never been arrested. He is accused of committing the crimes during the long-running conflict in Sudan's Darfur region. The U.N. says fighting there has killed as many as 300-thousand people. But South Africa's ruling party says the case demonstrates the unfair application of justice, pointing out that, so far, only eastern European and African leaders have been tried by the court. Members of all the delegations at the Africa summit enjoy diplomatic immunity, including Bashir. But for now, he's stuck in South Africa until his case can be heard.

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South African court orders indicted Sudanese leader not to leave

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 00:51