Zuma opens door for new Bashir visit as court appeal is rejected

South African President Jacob Zuma. On September 1, 2015, he escaped a bid in parliament to impeach him over the government’s refusal to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. President Zuma on September 15, 2015 said Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir may return to the country, after defying in June an International Criminal Court (ICC) order to arrest Bashir on genocide charges. PHOTO | RODGER BOSCH | AFP

What you need to know:

  • A South African court has rejected the government’s request to appeal the ruling that it should have arrested Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he was in the country in June.
  • The ICC has ordered South Africa to explain by October 5 why it welcomed Bashir at the June summit.
  • President Bashir has evaded justice since his indictment in 2009 for alleged crimes in the conflict in the western Sudanese region of Darfur that killed 300,000 people and forced two million to flee their homes.



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