Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir looks on during a welcome ceremony in the capital Khartoum, on June 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY
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A South African court extended an order Sunday preventing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from leaving the country until it made a final decision on calls for his arrest on a warrant from the International Criminal Court in the Hague.Judge Hans Fabricuis postponed the hearing until 0930 GMT Monday and urged the South African government to take "all necessary steps" to prevent Bashir, who is in Johannesburg for an African Union summit, leaving the country Judge Hans Fabricuis said if Bashir was allowed to leave the country it would damage South Africa's reputation, according to local media.The ICC has called on South African authorities to arrest Bashir."South Africa's legal obligations as an ICC member mean cooperating in al-Bashir's arrest, not in his travel plans," she added.Since his indictment in 2009, Bashir has mostly travelled to countries that have not joined the ICC.
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