A plane carrying Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir takes off from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, South Africa Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alet Pretorius/Beeld/Netwerk24) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
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After Bashir had departed, South African Judge Dunstan Mlambo also issued a harsh rebuke of the government for ignoring Sunday's court order, requiring the authorities to keep him grounded.South Africa is a signatory of the ICC, which has often been criticised for only targeting Africa leaders.Sudanese officials in Johannesburg earlier shrugged off the court case and said the South African government had given them assurances about Bashir's trip.At the summit, Bashir had posed for a group photograph on Sunday along with South African President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who is the chair of the 54-member group. Mugabe has previously urged all African leaders to pull out of the ICC. The ICC indictments relate to the western Sudanese region of Darfur, which erupted into conflict in 2003 when black insurgents rose up against Bashir's Arab-dominated government, complaining of marginalization.
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