Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, has arrived Khartoum, Sudan, after attending the African Union summit in South Africa.
According to a report by AFP, while arriving Khartoum on Monday afternoon, Al-Bashir, waved his trademark cane in the air as he stepped off the plane and shouted: “God is greatest!”.
On Sunday, June 14, a South African High Court in Pretoria had issued an interim order preventing Al-Bashir, from leaving the country over alleged war crime-related charges.
The presiding judge, Justice Hans Fabricius, who postponed the hearing of the case till Monday, June 15, had urged the South African authorities to “take all necessary steps” to prevent him from leaving the country.
The court order was made upon a request by the International Criminal Court demanding the arrest of Al-Bashir.
He was first indicted in 2009, when he was accused of crimes against humanity and genocide during the Darfur conflict which claimed hundreds of lives and displaced millions of people.
According to the United Nations’ statistics, about 400,000 people died and more than two million fled their homes since rebels took up arms in 2003.
South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, reacted to the development with an accusation leveled against ICC, saying that it applies Western justice to hunt Africans.
“The ANC holds the view that the International Criminal Court is no longer useful for the purposes for which it was intended. Countries, mainly in Africa and Eastern Europe continue to unjustifiably bear the brunt of the decisions of the ICC, with Sudan being the latest example,” the ANC had said.
In July 2013, Nigerian government declined a similar request to detain Al-Bashir in the country when he came on a visit.
Al-Bashir was sworn-in this month for another five-year term in charged of Sudan.