Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir addresses supporters during a National Dialogue campaign event in Khartoum Feb. 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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The South African government argued in court Friday that it was not obliged to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to the country last June because he had immunity.Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes related to the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, and South Africa is a member of the Hague-based institution.The government is seeking leave to appeal against an earlier court judgement that it was legally bound to arrest Bashir, who was in the country for a summit of the African Union (AU).Chadian President Idriss Deby, elected African Union chairman at the two-day summit, criticized the court for focusing its efforts on African leaders.
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