Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir wipes his eyes as he attends the opening session at the 25th African Union Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, on June 14, 2015. SAFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN
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A South African judge barred Sudan's indicted president from leaving the country Sunday, in a deepening rift between Africa and the West over what Pretoria called anti-poor country bias in the International Criminal Court.President Omar al-Bashir, visiting South Africa for an African Union summit, stands accused in an ICC arrest warrant of war crimes and crimes against humanity over atrocities committed in the Darfur conflict. A judge is expected Monday to hear an application calling for Bashir's arrest, though this appears unlikely as South Africa's government has granted legal immunity to all African Union delegates. A human rights group, the Southern African Litigation Center, earlier petitioned the Pretoria High Court to force the government to issue an arrest warrant for Bashir.Sudan's government defended the South African visit of Bashir, who was sworn in this month in Khartoum for another five-year term, and said the court order had "no value".
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