S.Africa ministers ‘plotted to protect Sudan’s Bashir’

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrives in Khartoum from Johannesburg on June 15, 2015 after a court ordered him not to leave South Africa as it decided whether to arrest him over alleged war crimes

The South African government secretly plotted to ensure safe passage out of the country for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir despite an international warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict in Darfur, was able to fly out of Pretoria last Monday despite a court order blocking his departure. South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper, revealing what it said was a secret meeting of top ministers to discuss protecting Bashir, said he was escorted to his …read more