Sudan’s Bashir leaves South Africa despite court order

Omar al-Bashir
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s information minister has said that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has flown out of South Africa, defying a high court order which banned him from leaving the country until an application calling for his arrest had been heard.

“Yes, he has left,” Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman confirmed to Al Jazeera, saying that South Africa had always agreed not to arrest the president while he was in the country for the African Union summit.

Osman said President Bashir’s plane was due to land back in Khartoum at about 6:30pm local time (15:30).
The South African state broadcaster, SABC, first reported at about 10:15 GMT on Monday that the plane had flown out of the Waterkloof air force base, on the outskirts of Pretoria.