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Bashir to leave South Africa 'on schedule'

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 00:56

Sudan's foreign minister says the country's president will leave South Africa as planned despite a judge barring his departure. Paul Chapman reports.

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A judge in South Africa was due to hear on Monday an application urging the arrest of Sudan's president for war crimes. Sudan's foreign minister says President Omar al-Bashir, visiting South Africa for a summit, will leave after the event as planned. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SUDAN'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER IBRAHIM AL-GHANDOUR SAYING: "We are here as guests and hosted by the government of South Africa. I believe the government of South Africa can deal with its court and whoever is trying to stop President Bashir from leaving the country. I can tell you that Bashir will leave on time as it has been scheduled." Bashir was first indicted in 2009 and is accused in an International Criminal Court arrest warrant of atrocities during the Darfur conflict. His arrest in South Africa seems unlikely as the government's granted immunity to all African Union delegates attending the summit in Johannesburg.

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Bashir to leave South Africa 'on schedule'

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 00:56