President Al-Bashir Leaves South Africa For Sudan [Photo]
Sudan said Monday President Omar al-Bashir is flying home from South Africa, despite a court ordering him to stay as it decides whether to order his arrest over alleged war crimes and genocide.
“President Bashir’s plane took off from Johannesburg and will arrive around 6:30 pm (1530 GMT) this evening,” State Minister for Information Yasir Yousef told AFP by phone.
“Bashir will address the crowds that will gather to meet him,” he added.
Diplomatic sources said Mr. Bashir left his hotel for the Waterkloof Air Force Base in a Black BMW car and immediately departed the country under tight security.
Mr. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over allegations that he committed crimes against humanity in Darfur. President Bashir denies the allegations claiming that the ICC was set up to hunt down Africans.