al-Bashir saga: DA welcomes rejection of leave to appeal application


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described the Pretoria High Court’s rejection of government’s application for leave to appeal over the controversy surrounding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, as a victory for the rule of law.

Earlier today, Judge Hans Fabricius ruled that the state failed to uphold a court order barring al-Bashir from leaving the African Union Summit in Sandton on June 14th, and that he should been arrested and handed over to the International Crimes Court (ICC) instead of departing from the Waterkloof Air Force Base the next day.

“The Court’s decision to dismiss, with costs, the government’s baseless bid to appeal the judgement on the al-Bashir escape is a damning indictment of the government’s deliberate decision to let al-Bashir leave our country in the first place,” DA Federal Chairperson James Selfe said in a statement.

“Government should have never invited President al-Bashir to our shores much less facilitate his state-sanctioned escape knowing full well its obligations to international and domestic law.”

Referring to comments made by President Jacob Zuma at a media briefing on foreign policy yesterday, Selfe stated that government’s explanation of studying the case and making determinations, shows a “lack of regard for their legal obligation to the ICC”.

“This episode will forever represent President Zuma and the ANC’s abandonment of constitutionalism and moral leadership, where the President and his government conspired to bow to the whims of a wanted warlord and human rights violator”.



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