Judgment reserved in Al Bashir case :Friday 14 August 2015. Bashir was invited by AU and not SA: Zuma:Thursday 6 August 2015. Mbeki holds peace talks with Al Bashir:Monday 3 August 2015. Mbeki discussed the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation.
(SABC) Former South African president and head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, Thabo Mbeki, has held talks with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum. Mbeki discussed the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation to end the ongoing conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. This is Mbeki’s first visit to Sudan since the formation of the new government. Last April, Mbeki suspended indefinitely a pre-dialogue process aiming to bring together the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the political and armed opposition forces to discuss the preparation of the national dialogue which is to be held inside the country.
Government in court to clarify al-Bashir issue:Wednesday 24 June 2015. Alliance summit defends govts decision on Omar Al-Bashir:Thursday 2 July 2015. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court to stand trial for war crimes.
(SABC) The alliance summit of the ANC, SACP, Cosatu and SANCO has defended government's actions surrounding Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir's departure from South Africa. Bashir who was in the country on the invitation of the African Union to attend a heads of states summit, left the country under mysterious circumstances. Government has since announced that it intends challenging that decision. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court to stand trial for war crimes. However, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says the decision not to arrest al-Bashir is a political consideration which needs to be understood not only as a judicial matter. SA govt denies secret meeting to protect al-Bashir:Monday 22 June 2015.
Al-Bashir, wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), left South Africa on June 15.
(REUTERS) Government on Monday denied reports that the security cluster ministers held a secret meeting to protect and give safe passage to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to leave South Africa. “Government categorically denies that there was a secret meeting held by the security cluster Ministers including Minister in the Presidency and the Director-General of the Presidency, in Cape Town,” Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement. Al-Bashir details expected next week:Friday 19 June 2015. Al-Bashir: South Africa’s moment of glory and shame :Friday 19 June 2015. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir waves on arrival in Sudan after attending an African Union summit in Johannesburg.
(REUTERS) David E Kiwuwa, Princeton University Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s decision to leave South Africa speedily to avoid arrest on an International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment while attending the 25th African Union summit was a dramatic diplomatic development. The warrant, issued in March 2009, was for various crimes against humanity including pillage, murder, extermination, torture, and rape against thousands of civilians in Darfur. Sudanese govt held SA soldiers hostage to ensure Al-Bashir return:Tuesday 16 June 2015. Al-Bashir back home:Monday 15 June 2015. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has managed to escape a South African court attempt to have him arrested.
(REUTERS) Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Khartoum from Johannesburg on Monday. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur region, was returning from an African Union summit after a court ordered him not to leave as it decided whether to arrest him over alleged war crimes.
Dressed in his traditional white robes, a triumphant al-Bashir waved his trademark cane in the air as he stepped off the plane and shouted: "God is greatest! ". Walking down a red carpet leading from the aircraft, he was greeted by his ministers on the tarmac as well as a crowd of journalists and photographers. Nearby, an area had been prepared for a news conference. The United Nations says 300 000 people have died in the conflict, and another 2.5 million forced to flee their homes. DA slams government over al-Bashir saga:Monday 15 June 2015. AU summit clouded by Al-Bashir “arrest”:Sunday 14 June 2015. Bashir is prohibited from leaving South Africa until Judge Fabricius hands down his final ruling.
(REUTERS) The opening ceremony of the African Union (AU) summit is finally underway, this after numerous postponements on Sunday. The gathering at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg was scheduled to start at 9am, then 11am, was delayed because of a Pretoria High Court order against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Earlier, Pretoria High Court Judge Hans Fabricius granted the Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC) a temporary order to prevent Al-Bashir from leaving the country. Al-Bashir will only leave SA once AU business concluded:Sunday 14 June 2015. Civil society organisation, the SA Litigation Centre has applied to have Al- Bashir, who is sought by the International Criminal Court, arrested.
(REUTERS) The Sudanese government says its president Omar Al-Bashir will only leave South Africa after concluding his business at the African Union Summit underway in Sandton. Civil society organisation, the SA Litigation Centre, has applied to have Bashir, who is sought by the International Criminal Court, arrested. The High Court in Pretoria has postponed ruling on the application until Monday morning, and has ordered port of entry officials to prevent the Sudanese leader from leaving the country before then. UN weighs in on al-Bashir saga:Monday 15 June 2015. Omar al-Bashir is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
(REUTERS) The United Nations (UN) has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the legal challenge against government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. In an interview with the SABC, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, says while Sudan remains a critical player in resolving the conflicts in South Sudan and Darfur, signatories to the Rome statute, that governs the International Criminal Court (ICC), are obligated to implement its decisions. "From our perspective, ICC is an important institution, set up and supported by majority of member states and we support decisions by the ICC and its decisions are to be implemented. " US disappointed al-Bashir allowed to leave SA:Monday 15 June 2015. The US says South Africa should have taken action to prevent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from leaving the country.
(SABC) The United States is disappointed South Africa did not take action to prevent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who faces genocide charges, from leaving an African Union conference in Johannesburg on Monday, a State Department spokesperson said. State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke, in a news briefing, declined to say South Africa should have arrested al-Bashir but said "clearly, some action should have been taken. " Al-Bashir must be arrested: Court:Monday 15 June 2015. Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.
(REUTERS) The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that the failure to detain Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is inconsistent with the Constitution, and he must be detained pending a formal request from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Al-Bashir has however left South Africa. Sudan's information minister Yasser Youssef has confirmed that President Omar Al-Bashir has left South Africa and will arrive in Khartoum tonight.
Journalists earlier spotted his plane taking off from Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria. The Southern African Litigation Centre, a rights group wanted to force South African President Jacob Zuma's government to arrest Bashir and hand him over to the ICC. SAs hands were tied in al-Bashir arrest: Analyst :Monday 15 June 2015.