Court denies government leave to appeal in al-Bashir saga


The Pretoria High Court has denied government’s motion for leave to appeal around the controversial departure of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

In passing its ruling earlier this morning, the court found that government acted against the imposed court order issued a day before al-Bashir’s departure from the African Union Summit in Sandton on June 14th, and that he should been arrested and handed over to the International Crimes Court (ICC) on charges of genocide in Darfur.

“The court found that the Cabinet’s decision and Immunities Act did not trump obligations to the ICC. There is no existing controversy between the parties. On this basis the application must fail, “High Court Judge Hans Fabricius was quoted by Eyewitness News as saying.