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SA government in contempt of court as Al-Bashir departs

The Democratic Alliance has condemned the decision by the South African government to allow President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan to leave the country, despite a High Court order prohibiting his departure.

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“The SA government has stooped to a disgraceful and cynical new low – and demonstrated to the world that it does not believe in justice for grave international crimes, said Stevens Mokgalapa from the DA.

President al-Bashir, arrived in South Africa on Saturday to attend the African Union (AU) Summit held this past weekend in Johannesburg.

It was reported that he left on his plane from the Waterkloof Air Force Base today despite a high court order preventing him from doing so until a final decision was made on his arrest, as per a warrant from the ICC.

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This flouting of the law sets a disturbing precedent that the executive is allowed to simply ignore the rulings of a High Court of South Africa.

By allowing al-Bashir to leave the country, the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba,and the government itself are in contempt of court.

In March 2009, al-Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur.

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